BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: UK
Front Page 
Northern Ireland 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
Deaf and blind man jet-skis into London
Graham Hicks on the jetski
Graham Hicks is nicknamed "G-Force"
A deaf and blind man who has travelled 300 miles by land and sea has completed his journey on a jet ski.

Graham Hicks, 40, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was met by well wishers when he finished his trip at Blackfriars in central London on the River Thames.

Jon Hartland, retails operation director for Sainsbury's, challenged Mr Hicks to travel in a unique way from Peterborough to London after he had walked the distance for charity in June.

Relishing the challenge Mr Hicks, who is nicknamed "G-Force" and is challenges co-ordinator for the charity Deafblind UK, rode a tandem bicycle from the company's head office in Peterborough on 11 August to Hunstanton, Norfolk.

World record

The next day he set off for London on his jet ski which he takes full control of, with a hearing-sighted pillion rider to navigate using a touch-based signalling system.

The walk earned the charity 33,000 and Mr Hartland added another 7,000 for Mr Hick's jet ski efforts.

Mr Hartland said: "I never expected him to do something as spectacular as making his way by tandem and jet ski, but that's Graham for you.

"He's fired with adrenalin and he's determined to prove to the world that deafblind people can achieve as much if not more than able-bodied people, given the opportunity."

Mr Hinks, who holds two Guinness World Records for jet-skiing and quadbiking, said: "If any other company wants to set me a challenge, then I'm open to suggestions."

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more UK stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more UK stories