Blind Teenager's challenge

A DEAF and blind Brixington boy is gearing up to take on one of the most physically demanding challenges the Dartmoor Ten Tors.

A DEAF and blind Brixington boy is gearing up to take on one of the most physically demanding challenges - the Dartmoor Ten Tors.Ruairi Corr, 14, a pupil at the West of England School and College for People with Little or No Sight, is gearing up to take part in a special one-day event designed for youngsters with physical or educational needs.Ruairi, who last year conquered one of England's highest peaks, Scafell Pike, will in two weeks' time share the same pressures, achievements and weather as the main Ten Tors participants.Ruairi, who also last year won a prestigious Association for Archery in Schools award, will be among a group of 15 fellow students, aged 14 to 21, taking part in the demanding Jubilee Challenge.The group will cover four specific routes. One is 22 kilometres - virtually the same distance as the main Ten Tors course.School spokeswoman Nicola Griffiths said: "Our students have been training hard and preparing for the event. We have learners completing a variety of challenges this year - from 10.4 kilometres on their trikes to 20.7 kilometres walking across the moor."Ruairi, who in 2008 learned to ski, and his fellow students are all visually impaired so they will be using specially adapted compasses.Some of the students who are unable to walk the full distance will be using trikes, which have tyres filled with a special material to prevent punctures.


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