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Team from Henshaws Society for Blind People in training for Skipton Triathlon
10:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
People with visual impairments and disabilities from Henshaws Society for Blind People are in training for the Skipton Triathlon on Sunday.
The team of ten have been described as ‘inspirational’ by event organisers and other competitors.
Henshaws, one of the oldest charities in the UK, is hoping the team’s participation will raise awareness of the unique way it helps people who use its services to live as independent, fulfilling lives as possible and encourage more support from local volunteers and businesses.
Skipton Triathlon organiser Peter Mathieson said: “I’m really pleased to welcome the Henshaws team back to the Skipton triathlon.
“Following their fantastic effort in April, we received a huge amount of positive feedback from people who were then inspired to enter.
“Our philosophy is based on pushing physical limits and stretching yourself in a fun and challenging environment. The passion of the Henshaws team epitomises this. They really are truly inspirational.”
The Skipton Triathlon is a huge learning curve for the team and the challenges they face go far beyond those of fitness.
The simple tasks able-bodied competitors find automatic are a different experience for people with visual impairments and disabilities – including navigating the pool steps or pushing off from the side, running up and down hills or across different terrain, or even the impact of wind when on a cycle.
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