Monthly Archives: October 2018

Come and give Goalball a go!

Come and give Goalball a go in Hounslow 11 Nov!

Goalball is  great fun, good exercise, and a great way to meet new people!

‘The 2000 Club’ in partnership with Goalball UK would like to warmly invite you to participate in their ‘Come and give Goalball a go’ sports session for people with a visual impairment / sighted / young / old / male / female.

No experience necessary, if you are experienced come and show us how!  All equipment is provided.

Come and give Goalball a go!

  • Date:   Sunday 11th  November 2018
  • Time:  2pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Heston Community Sports Hall, Heston Road, Hounslow, TW5 0QZ
  • Nearest Train Station: Hounslow East, Piccadilly Line
  • Buses: Hogarth Gardens stop, 120 & 111 from Hounslow Bus Station

For more information and to confirm your attendance;
Please contact Alan Stacey on 07944 394270 or alanstacey2000@gmail.com

What is Goalball?

  • A 3-a-side game designed specifically for partially sighted and blind people
  • All players wear eyeshades meaning anyone of any sight can play
  • The ball has bells in so players can hear the ball
  • The indoor court (18m x 9m) has tactile markings to help orientate players
  • Players throw the ball along the floor to score a goal, use their bodies to defend their goal.

 

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Blind Man climbs Mount Elbrus

Blind  British man climbs Europes highest Mountain

Blind British man climbs Europes highest Mountain

A 23-year-old is thought to have become the first blind British man to reach the summit of Europe’s highest mountain.

original article by  bbc.co.uk

Jack Garner faced winds of more than 50mph, -37C wind chill and a longer stay than usual on Mount Elbrus due to extreme weather conditions. In 2007, at the age of 11, Jack, from Scunthorpe, lost his sight over the course of a few months due to a genetic condition.

It was “traumatic”, he says, but he was a sporty boy and challenges helped him cope, so he set his sights on Elbrus – all 5,642m of it.

Jack aged 6 in this photo he lost his sight when he was 11 Image copyright Jack GARNER
Jack aged 6 in this photo he lost his sight when he was 11

Jack got involved seriously in mountaineering in 2015. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro over a six-day trip. Then in 2016 he took part in an 11-day Everest base camp trek.Eventually, in 2018, he decided to take on Mount Elbrus.

“My parents were concerned when I told them what I was going to do,” he said.

Elbrus is known to be a particularly technical and challenging climb, but Jack has always been a thrill seeker – completing sky dives and bungee jumps to raise money for charity – so he was undaunted.

Eight days

He reached the summit with four other climbers and two guides from the company Adventure Peaks.  In total, he spent eight exhausting days on the mountain.

“It was my first time walking on snow and ice. It took a bit of getting used to,” he said.

He learned the basics from guide Paul Etheridge – how to use crampons as well as an ice axe.

Jack said he formed close friendships with his other team members
Jack said he formed close friendships with his other team members Image copyright WWW.ADVENTUREPEAKS.COM

Adventure Peaks website: https://www.adventurepeaks.com

He needed to follow Paul very closely up the mountain and they found a method which worked for them. Paul held the rope taut at all times so Jack knew there was always the same distance of two metres between them.

“Paul coiled the rope around his hand,” Jack said.

“I had to be careful not to walk too close to him because I didn’t want my crampons to dig into his heels.”

Jack said when they got to a high altitude he found it difficult to communicate with Paul. Even though they were walking a lot slower, he felt his heart rate increase and, as a result, he was more breathless.

How did he feel when he reached the summit? “It’s the best feeling there is.”

Stu Peacock, from Adventure Peaks, told the BBC: “We think he is the first blind British person to successfully reach the summit.

“It’s a fantastic achievement, in challenging conditions, at this colder time of year.

“As one of the strongest members of the team, Jack is certainly capable of going on to bigger climbs if he chooses to.”

Straddling the Russia-Georgia border and bulging above the Caucasus Ridge, Elbrus is a daunting prospect. It is nearly 1,000m higher than any of the peaks around it, and glaciers chew at its edges. There is a chairlift to 3,800m, where most climbs begin. However, Jack started his climb at 2,000m.

A short distance above the chairlift is Camp 11; from here it is usually an eight-hour push to the summit. Jack completed the climb in less than six hours.

Paul describes him as an “understated young man who doesn’t give himself enough credit”.

 Jack and Paul reach the summit of Europe's highest mountain
Jack and Paul reach the summit of Europe’s highest mountain -Image copyright WWW.ADVENTUREPEAKS.COM

Paul said he had contacted Guinness World Records who confirmed there was currently no record of a blind British climber ascending Elbrus, so Jack looks to be the first. He and his group were the first summiteers that day, beating Russian and Korean teams.

“Jack and I summited at 10:05,” said Paul, “before any other parties on the mountain.

“This was an amazing feat by any person, but Jack is fully blind.

“Since the age of 11 Jack endured and fought against all odds.”

 

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Robin Hood Pantomime -VICTA!

Robin Hood Pantomime with VICTA book by 21 Nov

It’s time to join the Merry Men and transport ourselves to panto land for this year’s Milton Keynes performance, Robin Hood. We are excited to have tickets to the audio-described performance on Sunday 23 December 2018.

Soap star favourite Shane Richie takes the lead as Robin Hood, as he strives to win the hand of Maid Marion. There are sure to be plenty of laughs as Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men scheme to thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham’s evil plans.

Application Closing Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre
Age: 5+ years plus one parent or carer (must be 18+)
Date: Sunday 23 December 2018
Time: 2pm (There will also be a touch-tour before this performance which must be pre-booked)
Cost: £20 per pair
TO apply please fill in the online form: http://bit.ly/RobinHoodVicta

The tickets on offer are for a VI applicant plus one parent or carer, unfortunately, we are unable to invite additional siblings or other family members to this activity.

Attendees will also be able to attend a touch tour beforehand at 12.30pm, however, spaces for this are limited so you will need to indicate in the application form if you would like to attend the tour.

Check out VICTA  Full Event Calendar here :  https://www.victa.org.uk/2018-victa-activities/

 

 

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Goalball in West London!

Come and give Goalball a go in Hounslow 11 Nov!
Venue:
Heston Community Sports Hall, Heston Road, Hounslow, TW5 0QZ
Time:
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Phone:
07944 394270
Date:
11th November 2018
Cost:
TBC


Goalball is  great fun, good exercise, and a great way to meet new people!

‘The 2000 Club’ in partnership with Goalball UK would like to warmly invite you to participate in their ‘Come and give Goalball a go’ sports session for people with a visual impairment / sighted / young / old / male / female.

No experience necessary, if you are experienced come and show us how!  All equipment is provided.

Come and give Goalball a go!

  • Date:   Sunday 11th  November 2018
  • Time:  2pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Heston Community Sports Hall, Heston Road, Hounslow, TW5 0QZ
  • Nearest Train Station: Hounslow East, Piccadilly Line
  • Buses: Hogarth Gardens stop, 120 & 111 from Hounslow Bus Station

For more information and to confirm your attendance;
Please contact Alan Stacey on 07944 394270 or alanstacey2000@gmail.com

What is Goalball?

  • A 3-a-side game designed specifically for partially sighted and blind people
  • All players wear eyeshades meaning anyone of any sight can play
  • The ball has bells in so players can hear the ball
  • The indoor court (18m x 9m) has tactile markings to help orientate players
  • Players throw the ball along the floor to score a goal, use their bodies to defend their goal.

 

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Robin Hood Pantomime -VICTA!

Robin Hood Pantomime with VICTA book by 21 Nov
Venue:
Milton Keynes Theatre,500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ
Time:
Event Date: 23 Dec 2018 - 2.00 pm - Touch Tour earlier - must be booked
Phone:
Date:
21st November 2018
Cost:
£20 per pair


Application Closing Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

It’s time to join the Merry Men and transport ourselves to panto land for this year’s Milton Keynes performance, Robin Hood. We are excited to have tickets to the audio-described performance on Sunday 23 December 2018.

Soap star favourite Shane Richie takes the lead as Robin Hood, as he strives to win the hand of Maid Marion. There are sure to be plenty of laughs as Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men scheme to thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham’s evil plans.

Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre
Age: 5+ years plus one parent or carer (must be 18+)

Application Closing Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Event Date: Sunday 23 December 2018
Time: 2pm (There will also be a touch-tour before this performance which must be pre-booked)
Cost: £20 per pair
TO apply please fill in the online form: http://bit.ly/RobinHoodVicta

The tickets on offer are for a VI applicant plus one parent or carer, unfortunately, we are unable to invite additional siblings or other family members to this activity.

Attendees will also be able to attend a touch tour beforehand at 12.30pm, however, spaces for this are limited so you will need to indicate in the application form if you would like to attend the tour.

Check out VICTA  Full Event Calendar here :  https://www.victa.org.uk/2018-victa-activities/

 

 

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