Lydia wins sprint in blind athletics event

Lydia Wrightson, 13, competes in an athletics event for blind and partially sighted children.
Lydia Wrightson, 13, competes in an athletics event for blind and partially sighted children.

Thirteen-year-old Lydia Wrightson from Wilberfoss has proved that visual impairment is no barrier to achieving your goals after taking part at the UK’s biggest athletics event for blind children.

Lydia, who is blind in her left eye and has reduced vision in her right eye, was one of 100 visually impaired youngsters to take part in this year’s Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The track and field event, which was run by Action for Blind People and sponsored by Boots Opticians, brought together children from 12 Actionnaires clubs from the Midlands and North of England.

Woldgate College pupil Lydia took part in sprinting, long jump and the javelin.

She said: “I like the 60m sprint best because I came first. I’m looking forward to competing again next year.”