31.12.2009

Man scales Kilimanjaro despite losing vision

Man scales Kilimanjaro despite losing vision

By Martin Burns

A man lost his eyesight whilst climbing Mount Kilimanjaro four months after coming out of a cast for his broken leg, the Crewe Chronicle reports.

Kev Lowther had to spend six months in a cast after breaking his leg in a rugby match for Acton Nomads.

Yet after just four months of rehabilitation he was scaling Africa"s highest peak.

But it was not all plain-sailing. As he neared the summit the 31-year-old temporarily lost his eyesight but was still able to reach the top and in the process raise £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He told the newspaper: "The hardest part was dealing with the exhaustion and altitude sickness. At one point I even lost my eyesight and one guy told me I was staggering about like someone who had just been kicked out of the pub at closing time!"

Elsewhere in sport, a blind Canadian cross-country skier is waiting to see if he will become the first man to compete in both the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics. His national federation will make a decision early next year.

by Adrian Galbreth


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