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In conversation with Mike Brace – TPT Webinar – 4 Nov

In conversation with Mike Brace - TPT Webinar 4 November 2020

original post by https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

On 2 Nov 1960, aged Ten, Mike Brace picked up a firework concealed in a bottle which exploded in his face.

In the following sixty years since losing his sight, he represented Britain at cross-country skiing in six Winter Paralympics, three World Championships and two European Championships. He was instrumental in founding Metro Blind Sport, British Blind Sport, the British Ski Club for the Disabled, the Judo Foundation, Vision 2020 UK and was part of the bid team and organising committee of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Join Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) on Wednesday 4th November 5 pm – 6 pm as we chat to Mike about his life, work and trusteeships across multiple organisations, sectors and decades.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.

 

You will have the opportunity to ask Mike questions about the challenges he faced and how he overcame these, his sporting legacy and what advice he has for prospective trustees.  If you would like to submit your question in advance please email: communications@pocklington-trust.org.uk

About Mike Brace CBE, DL

Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM
Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM

Former Paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities, Mike served as Chairman of the British Paralympic Association and was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2009 for Services to Disabled Sport. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2016.

He has written two books and is an active after dinner speaker through which he has raised more than £750,000 for various charities.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.

 

Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace -Youtube Podcast

 

Mike Brace: RNIB Lifetime Award

 

 

In conversation with Mike Brace – TPT Webinar – 4 Nov

In conversation with Mike Brace - TPT Webinar 4 November 2020
Venue:
Zoom Webinar with Thomas Pocklington Trust
Time:
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Phone:
020 8995 0880
Date:
04th November 2020
Cost:
Free


original post by https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk

On 2 Nov 1960, aged ten, Mike Brace picked up a firework concealed in a bottle which exploded in his face.

In the following sixty years since losing his sight he represented Britain at cross-country skiing in six Winter Paralympics, three World Championships and two European Championships. He was instrumental in founding Metro Blind Sport, British Blind Sport, the British Ski Club for the Disabled, the Judo Foundation, Vision 2020 UK and was part of the bid team and organising committee of London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Join Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) on Wednesday 4th November 5 pm – 6 pm as we chat to Mike about his life, work and trusteeships across multiple organisations, sectors and decades.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.

 

You will have the opportunity to ask Mike questions about the challenges he faced and how he overcame these, his sporting legacy and what advice he has for prospective trustees.  If you would like to submit your question in advance please email: communications@pocklington-trust.org.uk

About Mike Brace CBE, DL

MikeBrace’s website: http://www.mikebrace.co.uk/

Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM
Mike Brace standing waiting to give out awards at the 2019 AGM

Former Paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities, Mike served as Chairman of the British Paralympic Association and was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2009 for Services to Disabled Sport. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2016.

He has written two books and is an active after dinner speaker through which he has raised more than £750,000 for various charities.

Registration closes at 4 pm on 4 November.

 

Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace -Youtube Podcast

 

Mike Brace: RNIB Lifetime Award

 

 

Interviews with Hassan – YouTube Audio Videos!

Interviews with Hassan Khan - Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Hassan shares with us, a selection of eye-opening and heartwarming conversations with remarkable people. Whose lives have been changed or who themselves have helped to change the world of blind and partially sighted sport!

Latest Audio Videos below…

Hassan interviews Chris Lewis & Chris Mairs

Hassan interviews two amazing businessmen and sportsmen. A fascinating insight into the world of business and sport with Chris Lewis & Chris Mairs

Top of the Game – Audio Video Below

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An Interview with Mark Bullock – LTA Tennis Coach

Hassan interviews a Metro favourite, Tennis coach – Mark Bullock –  an LTA tennis Coach

Mark Bullock Interview – Audio Video Below

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Hassan Interviews Odette Battarel about Blind Tennis

Odette a talented tennis player and dancer was instrumental in bringing blind tennis to the UK from Japan and look at where this sport is now and no doubt this is just the beginning!

Odette Battarel Interview – Audio Video Below

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Hassan Khan celebrates international women of blind cricket: Aqsa Arif & Storme Dunford

In this international Blind Women cricket interview, Hassan Khan talks to Aqsa Arif B1 category player from Multan Pakistan and Storme Dunford B3 from the VI UK ladies team. They are also joined by Gary Dunford the manager of Surrey VI team. Hassan and guests discuss domestic cricket, international blind cricket, as well as the lockdown and the society. Both girls hope that Pakistan and UK ladies will play each other in the near future and Metro are pleased in putting 2 nations together.

Women of Blind Cricket – Audio Video Below

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Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace

In our second interview, Hassan interviews two legends of the VI world, Roy Smith MBE and Mike Brace CBE, they discuss lockdown, coping Mechanisms, as well as the last 47 years of Metro Blind Sport. Grab yourself a cupper and prepare to be enlightened.

The Legends Special  –  Audio Video Below

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Mike’s books available on Amazon UK: https://blindsport.uk/MikesBooks

Hassan Khan interviews Metro blind sport cricketers Amit Amin and Mujahid Zabit.

In our first of many interviews during this tough lockdown period, Hassan Khan chats with two cricketers from Metro Amit Amin & Mujahid Zabit.

Blind Cricket  –  Audio Video Below

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47 years of Metro with Roy Smith, Mike Brace & Hassan

47 years of Metro with Roy Smith, Mike Brace & Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan explores the last 47 years of Metro blind sport with Roy Smith and Mike Brace

In our second interview, Hassan interviews two legends of the VI world, Roy Smith MBE and Mike Brace CBE, they discuss lockdown, coping Mechanisms, as well as the last 47 years of Metro Blind Sport. Grab yourself a cupper and prepare to be enlightened.

The Legends Special – an Interview with Hassan  Audio Video Below

 

If you enjoyed this video please visit our youtube channel and Subscribe and Share: https://blindsport.uk/Subscribe

Mike’s books available on Amazon UK: https://blindsport.uk/MikesBooks

Listen to the last Interview: https://youtu.be/MtO44mFrvzI

 

 

 

Mike Brace: RNIB Lifetime Award

Mike Brace the winner of the RNIB's lifetime achievement award

London man wins RNIB Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to sight loss community

A London man received a prestigious award from RNIB in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of people with sight loss.

Mike Brace, 69 who lives in the London Borough of Havering but is originally from Hackney, East London, lost sight in one eye at the age of 10 as a result of a firework accident. He was presented with the 6th Duke of Westminster Lifetime Achievement Award at the RNIB See Differently Awards.

Mike Brace laughing at the podium with the presenters at the RNIB See Differently Awards 2019
Mike Brace laughing at the podium with the presenters at the RNIB See Differently Awards 2019

The awards, which were sponsored by Bayer, highlighted the contributions being made by people to break down barriers, and reward those creating opportunities that enable blind and partially sighted people to live the life they want to lead. Along with the Lifetime Achievement award, the RNIB See Differently awards recognised exceptional individuals and teams across six categories: Campaigner of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Community Contributor of the Year, Social Media Influencer of the Year, Team of the Year and Employer of the Year.

A social worker, charity director, sportsman and author, Mike has helped thousands of visually impaired people make the most of their talents over the past 50 years.

In the two years following Mike’s firework accident, the sight in his un-injured eye slowly deteriorated to nothing due to a condition called uveitis. He then became totally blind when he lost the sight in his injured eye due to a haemorrhage that detached the retina. He attended a special boarding school to receive the support he needed, and it was there that he discovered many sports he thought would be too difficult to attempt were in fact still possible.

Mike said: “After losing my sight, I felt the only way back to restoring my self-belief and self-worth was through sport. I decided to look at what abilities I did have, not my disability then set myself goals.”

Over the years Mike has tried 54 different sports including surfing, sailing, skiing and cricket. One of his biggest achievements was completing the Devizes to Westminster 125-mile canoe marathon for charity at the age of 33. It took Mike and his guide 27 hours of non-stop canoeing, without sleep, in the worst weather conditions in the history of the race. Of the 182 canoes that took part, 100 dropped out.

Mike founded the Metro Sports Club for the Blind, with eight VI friends in 1973. The club introduced Mike to cross-country skiing, and he went on to be selected to represent Britain in the first Paralympic Winter Games in Sweden in 1976. Metro Sports still exists today and now has almost 400 members, many of whom are active well into their 90s!

Following on from this Mike also helped set up several national sports bodies for disabled people: The British Paralympic Association, British Blind Sport and the British Ski Club for the Disabled.

In 2001 Mike became Development Director for the newly formed VISION 2020 UK, (now VISION UK) an organisation that unites various charities including RNIB and health services involved in sight loss to encourage them to work more closely together. He became CEO in 2002 and retired in 2012. Mike, who was also a board member of both the successful Olympic and Paralympic 2012 Bid Team and the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), was awarded an OBE in 2005 and a CBE in 2009 for Services to Disabled Sport. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2016.

He has written two biographies; ‘Where There’s a Will’ and ‘Don’t ask me, ask the dog!’ on Amazon.  Both titles are available from RNIB Bookshare, a free online service that helps print-disabled people in the UK access an online library of digital resources.

In relation to receiving RNIB’s Lifetime Achievement Award Mike said: “I had no idea I’d been nominated so I was both shocked and delighted to win. I did these things over the years because they needed doing and I wanted to change perceptions so to have this recognised is firstly a shock, then secondly it gives you a little glow inside. I’m hoping that by showing what someone with a vision impairment can do, it might spur on other people with a visual impairment to say, ‘Yes, I can do that too!’”

RNIB CEO Matt Stringer said: “Mike’s amazing work over 50 years illustrates exactly what the RNIB See Differently Awards are all about. He truly deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award as recognition of his dedication to changing the world for blind and partially sighted people and I warmly congratulate him on his success.”

About the Awards

The RNIB See Differently Award winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Glaziers Hall, London on 26 November 2019. Receiving an RNIB award on the night were:

  • Rachael Andrews, Campaigner of the Year Award. Sponsored by Sony
  • Tactile Collider, Innovator of the Year Award. Sponsored by Heathrow
  • Fraser Fleming, Community Contributor of the Year. Sponsored by Novartis
  • Holly Tuke, Social Media Influencer of the Year. Sponsored by Amazon
  • Scottish Centre for Personal Safety, Team of the Year. Sponsored by Alcon
  • Financial Times, Employer of the Year. Sponsored by RNIB