Meet the deafblind skier who flies down the slopes at a Norfolk winter sport centre

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blin

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blind deaf, with 3% vision, and 50% hearing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Flying down the slopes of a dry ski slope can be a scary experience for anyone.

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blin

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blind deaf, with 3% vision, and 50% hearing. With him is his adaptive instructor, Sarah Bell, right, and John's supportive friend, Lauren Bean. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

But imagine doing it as a deafblind person.

That's just what John Churcher has been doing, relying on his other senses to guide him down the course.

The 45-year-old, from Birmingham, has been making the trip to Norfolk Snowsports Club in Trowse, Norwich, to take up the sport.

Mr Churcher was born with hearing problems and starting to lose his sight when he was 14.

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blin

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blind deaf, with 3% vision, and 50% hearing. With him is his adaptive instructor, Sarah Bell, left, and John's supportive friend, Lauren Bean. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019


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Aside from skiing, he is also a para-climber, which is where he met his friend Lauren Beans, who lives in Lingwood, Norwich.

He said: 'I am always up for a challenge and my friend Lauren is good at skiing so I thought I'd give it a go.'

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He added: 'I was nervous at first but as the lesson went on I got better and with more lessons I hope I can continue.

'The club has been wonderful with everyone being very friendly.'

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blin

John Churcher successfully learning to ski at Norfolk Snowsports Club, despite being registered blind deaf, with 3% vision, and 50% hearing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Norfolk Snowsports Club is one of the largest dry-ski slope in the country and offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

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