Deafblind grandad’s amazing triple feat

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Grandad Michael Anderson, who is deaf and blind, is taking on three incredible challenges this year to help fellow 
disabled people.

Michael (74), vice-chair of Deafblind Scotland based in Lenzie, aims to complete a triathlon as well as a 215-mile hike and 50-mile cycle with the aim of raising £15,000 for the charity.

These challenges would test serious athletes half his age - but Michael is no stranger to amazing feats.

Four years ago the father-of-three became the first deaf and fully blind climber to reach the summit of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Michael did the climb to raise funds for Deafblind Scotland – on his 70th birthday.

Michael, who was born with a hearing impairment and registered blind at the age of 33, said: “Believing 
is not just seeing. Sport is 
for all.

“I have been a member and director of Deafblind Scotland for many years and their support, advice and help has been unparalleled.

“Dual sensory impairment is the loneliest disability imaginable and depression is a common occurrence in the community.”

Michael will run and cycle with the help of guide Doug MacDonald from Triathlon Scotland, and will also use his balance and sense of touch to find his way.

The cash he raises will go towards the development of a new “Field of Dreams” learning and development centre for deafblind people.

The first event Michael will tackle is the Eyemouth Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, September 20. This entails a 750m swim, 19.4km on the tandem and a 5km run. Next will be a 215-mile backpacking trek from the island of Iona to St Andrews. He reckons the walk will take three weeks and Michael will camp en route.

Last but not least is the cycle ride. Michael said: “Details are to be finalised, but I am looking at a Glasgow to Edinburgh ride, not least as I can choose a nice curry house to finish at!”

To donate to Michael’s challenge, visit www.justgiv