Ruth Stacey has been a member of Berkshire Vision for 17 years. She is an inspiration to those around her and during that time has enjoyed a number of activities and sporting programmes.
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Last year she completed the Westminster to Devizes Canoe Race which is a grueling 125 miles. Her story is inspirational and shows how, even with a visual impairment, anything is possible. “I’ve been a member of Berkshire Vision since I was registered partially sighted at age 10. I am now 28.
During that time, I have enjoyed attending many different events including theatre trips, chocolate factories, seaside trips, ten-pin bowling, and art and crafts. When sports were introduced I tried most of them including golf, tennis, dragon boating, athletics, cricket,
swimming, wall climbing, tandem cycling, ice skating, skiing, archery, and sailing.
I have also traveled with Berkshire Vision to Sicily where I did scuba diving, wind
surfing and to North Wales where I tried rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking and white-water rafting.
Since being part of Berkshire Vision I have made many new friends of all ages. This has given me the confidence to give everything a try and to attempt many challenges.
Following taster sessions, I have pursued a few activities on my own.
I now kayak regularly with a partner and have completed the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race (125 miles with 77 portages) twice. I play for both the Berkshire Stags V.I. cricket team and the UK women cricket team.
Along with two other Berkshire Vision members I went to Barbados this summer to play against the West Indies team.
Each year, together with other members of Berkshire Vision, I take part in the Metro games in London, winning many medals for athletics. I am also very proud to have run my first half marathon in October, at the Royal Parks event, raising money for Berkshire Vision.
Having joined Berkshire Vision as a child I now get great pleasure from helping out at some of the children’s events.
I dress up as an elf at the Christmas party and help Santa give presents to the children. I helped out at the animal encounter which was great fun for everyone.I hope I show other people with visual impairment that it doesn’t stop you from joining in, having a lot of fun, making friends and achieving goals.
Last year I was invited to be part of the “This Girl Can”campaign to encourage young women to get involved in sport – if this V.I. girl can, anyone can; they just need to
be encouraged to have a go!”
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