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Visually impaired veteran from Newtongrange in baton run

Visually impaired veteran, Steven Waterston from Newtongrange, ran part of the Midlothian leg of the Queens Baton relay on Monday 16 June 2014.

Visually impaired veteran, Steven Waterston from Newtongrange, ran part of the Midlothian leg of the Queens Baton relay on Monday 16 June 2014.

Visually impaired veteran Steven Waterston from Newtongrange ran part of the Midlothian leg of the Queen’s Baton relay last week.

Steven was nominated by veterans’ charity Scottish War Blinded in recognition of his dedication and resilience overcoming a visual impairment and neurosurgery to continue his passion and participation in amateur athletics.

Steven (42), served in the army and in 2009 he lost complete vision in his left visual field and had limited vision in the right field due to a congenital condition. He has endured further physical disabilities and is now an IPC Cerebral Palsy classified athlete after a series of strokes, viral meningitis and subsequent brain surgery.

Steven’s particular interest is athletics and is a gifted amateur distance runner, event official and coach passionate about passing on his skills and experiences to future generations.

Steven said: “I was proud to be 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.”

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