Scottish War Blinded Member Runs Commonwealth Baton Relay

Posted: 16/06/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded member Steven Waterston ran part of the Commonwealth Baton Relay in Midlothian on Monday 16 June 2014.

Steven was nominated by Scottish War Blinded for overcoming a visual impairment, a series of strokes, Viral Meningitis and subsequent brain surgery to continue participating in amateur athletics as well as inspiring future generations.

Steven said:

Scottish War Blinded Member runs Commonwealth Baton Relay“I am proud to have been chosen as a baton bearer and if what I do in sport inspires others to take part in physical activity then that is a positive achievement. The last five years have been incredibly difficult for both myself and my family. I refuse to accept I have limitations and focus on rebuilding my life.

“I run to feel alive, in May this year I finally managed to break the four hour barrier as a disabled runner at the EMF Marathon which provided an immense sense of satisfaction. I am often reminded by the pain although it’s well worth it, I guess in order to achieve something, you have to experience a certain amount of pain good or bad.

Steven has recently completed a B-TEC Level /HND in Sport & Exercise and has encouraged fellow Scottish War Blinded members to improve their fitness by conducting his work experience modules at the Linburn Centre.

Steven continues:

“The staff at the Linburn Centre were very accommodating and members were also keen to improve their fitness levels.  The age and health related issues of some of the members presented a unique set of challenges which broadened my learning experience.

“I am hopeful I may have managed to persuade several members of staff to take up running and challenge themselves which I’m sure they will continue to do in the future or at least as long as I am there keeping my good eye/ visual field on them.

“I am privileged to meet veterans from as far back as World War II to recent conflicts such as Afghanistan. The centre encourages members to expand their horizons by trying exciting activities like white water rafting and gliding as well as increase your circle of friends.”  

Steven will also participate as a volunteer at the commonwealth games at Hampden Stadium as a Field Team Member throughout July.