Blind ski champion appointed charity group figurehead
PUBLISHED: 10:55 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010
A WORLD champion blind skier who lost his eyesight after being attacked by a gang said he is honoured to have been made an ambassador for a leading eyesight charity. Kevin Alderton, 36, was officially enrolled as an ambassador to the Royal London Societ
A WORLD champion blind skier who lost his eyesight after being attacked by a gang said he is honoured to have been made an ambassador for a leading eyesight charity.
Kevin Alderton, 36, was officially enrolled as an ambassador to the Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) when he visited Bromley Ski and Snowboard Centre, last Wednesday.
Mr Alderton, a blind speed skiing double world record champion, holds the outright speed record for a blind skier of 100.94 mph.
Formerly a soldier in the Honourable Artillery Company, he lost his sight after being attacked by a gang in Islington, forcing him to leave the Army.
He said: "It's a really great honour to have been asked to be an ambassador for RLSB. They helped me enormously after I lost my sight in 1998.
"It will give me a chance to give something back to the charity which helped me so much. I went to them in 1999 and they helped me regain some life skills which I was lacking."
Mr Alderton from Dartford enrolled at the RLSB's Dorton College of Further Education, Seal, near Sevenoaks as an adult student.
He said: "The other students were a massive inspiration and motivated me into thinking: 'If they can get on with things then so can I', which was encouraging." His work as an ambassador will involve helping out at fundraising events, giving speeches and supporting the charity in any way he can.
Mr Alderton added: "I suppose they will use me as an example product of someone who gained a lot of confidence and self belief through the charity."
A spokesman from RLSB said: "Like many other people with a visual impairment, Kevin found self motivation and belief difficult to muster.
"But with the help of the RLSB's staff and the inspirational examples of some of his fellow students, Kevin was able to rebuild his confidence and determination to the astonishing levels he now uses to perform his record breaking feats.
"He also uses this confidence in his other guise as a motivational speaker and is a strong advocate of the RLSB, often helping them at fundraising events."