But breaking records is easier than breaking those barriers we set ourselves, and his deeply-moving story takes audiences on his journey from despair to success. The audience will learn that anyone can break barriers; that the path to true success is in our minds, and not our ability or environment. Steve’s services as a motivational speaker are in high demand – England’s Rugby team, Wasp RFC, England Cricket Team, Bolton Wanderers FC are just a sample of the sporting bodies who have used Steve in enforcing the “together a team doctrine”. Steve Cunningham is an international motivational speaker, conference speaker and after dinner speaker.
He said, ‘What are you doing on July 7 because we would like you to play in the first team? At 16, he left to go to a specialist blind college in Birmingham where he studied engineering, but the course did not go to plan. He was sent to a blind school in Harrogate when he was 10 and found it a traumatic experience. In addition to coaching visually-impaired children, he has also given some of their fully-sighted classmates the chance to play visually-impaired cricket with simulation glasses to give them a better understanding of the challenges their peers face. Cricket is a great way to improve your stamina and balance, while enhancing your social and team working skills.
The 22nd annual Johnners Dinner was held in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 13 November 2017. Many thanks to the brilliant impressionist Jon Culshaw for his very funny speech and to our master of ceremonies Chris Cowdrey for hosting another wonderful evening. More than £10,000 was raised towards funding the Brian Johnston cricket scholarship awards. This is a photo of Jon Culshaw in the Long Room with Johnners’ youngest grandson, Sam Johnston. Another former Johnners Scholar, Adil Rashid, also played a vital role in the series, including career-best figures of 5 for 49 in the final Test. Well done, England, for a truly sensational victory in the Cricket World Cup.
At the same time Roy was studying for a degree in Sports Development, he and a friend realised there was an opportunity for other people with visual impairments to take up sports and created a sports club in Liverpool. He has since gone on to play for England’s football team in the Paralympics, set up a visually impaired football club and has also won the Men’s Single title in the Visually Impaired National Tennis Championships – twice. “If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?” . Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA, is rare – affecting just one in 80,000 people. But it is still the most common form of inherited sight loss in children.
It’s non-contact and it’s not too taxing physically, so it’s can be a really good sport to take up casually in the summer. Although it can be quite serious, it can also be the ideal leisurely, gentlemen’s (and lady’s) game and is accessible to everyone. Cricketer going out to bat whilst pushing a baby in a pram at the start of the match between Licensed Victuallers and Tradespeople at Dartford.
I’m a VI cricketer from Gloucestershire, I write about the funny side of lving with sight loss. If the player asks where the fielders are they have to clap,” explains Wilson. “If you are watching from the sidelines, you would think it is quite funny. In 2016, he was sponsored by the Vision Foundation charity to get his cricket coaching badges and he sat a course with 23 other people, all of whom were fully sighted. Wilson still loved cricket but after becoming a single parent following the end of his first marriage, he gave up playing regularly. But after becoming friends with a fellow visually-impaired Barnsley fan and fellow cricket lover called John Garbett, he was eventually persuaded to give the game a go again.
A joke so funny, the man who wrote it laughs himself to death; it then kills his mother. After military tests confirm its ‘devastating effectiveness at a range of up to 50 yards’, the Allies eventually use the gag to win the war. Of course, we’re never told the actual joke apart from in a German translation – which turns out to be gibberish.
Since then, having nurtured a steely resolve, he joined the England Blind Cricket team, proving that life goals come in all unexpected shapes and sizes. Bringing his new perspective on life to corporate events across the globe, Steve motivates audiences with his story of success in the face of adversity, teaching audiences the importance in believing in your own power. Doctors have warned his parents the little eyesight he has left will almost certainly vanish as he gets older, leaving him completely blind.
The outcome is potentially life-changing – and throws open the possibility that similar treatment could save hundreds, if not thousands more Britons from blindness. It’s hoped the implanted genes will trigger a remarkable repair process in the rear of the eyes, correcting the damage that causes Jake’s blindness. Three weeks ago, he became the first NHS patient to undergo a ground-breaking gene therapy for blindness.