Triathlon is just the start for Michael (74)

Michael Anderson with guide training for triathlon
Michael Anderson with guide training for triathlon

Grandad of four, Michael Anderson who is deaf and blind is gearing up to take on a mountain of challenges this year.

Michael (74), vice-chair of Deafblind Scotland aims to complete a triathlon, a 215 mile walk and a 50 mile cycle to raise £15,000 for his charity.

These challenges are incredibly tough, even for someone half Michael’s age, however the Father of three became the first blind and deaf man to climb Ben Nevis four years ago, just 18 months after breaking his left thigh bone. He also rowed 34 miles of the Union Canal from Falkirk to Edinburgh in 2006.

Michael who has Usher Syndrome type two, was born with hearing loss and was registered blind by the age of 33. However that has not stopped the man being an inspiration to many. He said: “Sport is for all. Believing is not just seeing.

“Losing both sight and sound is one of the most depressing disabilities imaginable, however the help and advice of Deafblind Scotland has been incredible over the years.”

In 1997 Michael became a member of the charity and has been on the board of directors since 2001. Deafblind Scotland has purchased an area of land, named the Field of Dreams. With planning permission granted, fundraising has started to try and raise the £1.5 million needed to build a new centre. And Michael wishes to play his part in raising the money.

The first event Michael will tackle is the Eyemouth Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, September 20. This includes a 750m swim, 19.4km cycle and a 5km run.

Michael will run and cycle with the help of guide Doug MacDonald, as well as using his touch and sense of balance to find his way.

To donate to Michael’s incredible challenge, visit, www.justgiving.com/michaelsway.