Sight-impaired sportsman takes up ultimate challenge

Sight-impaired sportsman takes up ultimate challenge

A cyclist with a visual impairment is to add to his achievements by tackling Mount Kilimanjaro.

Australian Bryce Lindores, who won a bronze medal at the recent Paralympics, is due to arrive in Africa for the daunting challenge next month.

He will be accompanied by 11 other climbers - six of whom are visually impaired - as they seek to conquer the famous peaks.

As well as his usual bike training, Lindores has been getting a feel for the mountainous terrain by trekking around areas such as Mount Warning, he told ABC News.

Lindores lost his sight in 2004 when he was involved in a car accident. He began cycling two years later and, six months into his career, won bronze at the 2006 Cycling World Championships.

By scaling Kilimanjaro, he will be joining an illustrious list of mountaineers - and British celebrities - to have attempted the feat.

Stars such as Alesha Dixon, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow are aiming to beat the mountain for Comic Relief this year.

by Emily Tait

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