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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007, 15:07 GMT
Blind skier may be forced to quit
Kevin Alderton
Kevin Alderton says skiing turned his life around after being assaulted
A blind skier from Kent who set the first world records for indoor and outdoor blind skiing has said he may have to give up the sport.

Kevin Alderton, 35, of Dartford, had set out to try to canvas sponsorship and support in the City of London in time to train for this season.

But he gave up after security men advised him he needed local authority permission to hand out leaflets.

"I haven't got a clue what I am going to do now," he said.

"Time is running out. By now I should be out in the Alps training but two hoped-for sponsors failed to materialise."

He said he did not realise in advance he would need permission to hand out leaflets.

Mr Alderton, from Dartford, was hoping to race in the FIS World Cup Speed Skiing circuit with the GB Speedski Team.

He also hopes to gain a place in the 2010 Paralympics in Canada.

"It has got to the stage where if I do not get the financial backing I need to train and race in France, then it's all over," he said.

Radio link

Mr Alderton was left with only 4% of his vision after his eyes were gouged when he tried to stop a gang attacking a woman in London in 1998.

He skis with the aid of a guide who sends him commands via a radio link, and believes he is the first British skier ever to hold two world records.

He set the outdoor speed skiing world record for a blind person last April and the indoor record in November.

He hoped to win corporate support by donning ski gear and canvassing passers-by in the Square Mile.

"I can handle failure due to lack of ability but I will not accept failure due to a lack of backing," he said.


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