Blind Rowing with Victoria Nolan – Episode 49 of The Blind Sport Podcast

How amazing would it be for you and your team to be powering your boat towards the finish line of a rowing race? Well, in episode 49 we chat with Victoria Nolan from Toronto Canada about Rowing for the blind.

Victoria has competed in five World Championship’s and two Paralympic Games where she has taken away an impressive array of medals. She is also the author of the book Beyond Vision – The story of a blind rower.

Victoria talks about the methods required to learn how to row without sight and outlines why rowing is such a great sport for people with either low or no vision. Listen to how the sport of Rowing has changed her life.

To find out more about Victoria visit her website http://www.blindrower.com

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

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Cheers, Mike

Blind Surfing with Larry Graff – Episode 48 of The Blind Sport Podcast

How cool would it be to be blind and be on a surfboard, waiting to capture that big wave? Then to ride that wild water towards the beach. Well, In episode 48 we chat with Larry Graff from California USA about surfing for the blind.

For over 20 years Swami’s Surfing Association has been running programs to support vision impaired and blind people to be involved with surfing.

Larry talks about the methods required to learn how to surf without sight and outlines why this is a great sport for people with either low or no vision.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

 

For a full transcript of the audio contained within this podcast episode, access one of the following document format links.

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Cheers, Mike.

Blind Karate with Joshua Loya – Episode 47 of The Blind Sport Podcast

In episode 47 we chat with 3rd degree black belt and Instructor Joshua Loya from California USA about the Martial Art of Karate.

Joshua talks about the methods required to learn Karate without sight and outlines why this is a great sport for people with either low or no vision.

For more information about Joshua visit http://www.servantwarrioronline.com

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers, Mike.

Blind Sailing – Episode 46 of The Blind Sport Podcast

You don’t need sight to sail a yacht. Feel the breeze, listen to what the boat is doing and ride the waves. What could be better?

In episode 46 we take a sail out on Auckland Harbour with the New Zealand B1 sailing team as they get some last minute training in before they head off to compete in the World Blind Sailing Fleet Championships in Chicago USA.

We talk to Disabled Sailing Coordinator, Helena Horswell from Yachting New Zealand about the various options available for vision impaired, blind and disabled sailors.

After that we chat with former B2 world champion Paulien Eitjes from Tauranga New Zealand about her experiences as a vision impaired sailor.

For more information about blind sailing visit http://blindsailinginternational.com

The website for Blind Sailing New Zealand is http://blindsailing.org.nz

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Blind Crossfit with Bettina Dolinsek – Episode 45 of The Blind Sport Podcast

“Crossfit” the sport of fitness has become a worldwide phenomenon.

In episode 45 I chat with blind Crossfit trainer  Bettina Dolinsek from Iowa USA.

Join us and listen to how Crossfit can be done as a blind person. Bettina shares her story of how Crossfit has changed her life as well as various handy tips to getting the most from your training.

This is a great conversation and outlines both the physical and mental benefits gained by participating in Crossfit.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers, Mike.

Blind Ultramarathon Running with Jason Romero – Episode 44 of The Blind Sport Podcast

Is running a Marathon getting too easy? How about running an Ultramarathon?

In episode 44 I chat with vision impaired ultramarathon runner Jason Romero from Colorado.

Join us and listen to how running Ultramarathons can be done as a blind person. Jason shares his stories of ultra-distance events as well as various handy tips to running in different environments with limited vision.

Jason has just completed the Death Valley Badwater Ultramarathon which is a 135 mile (217 km) run with 13,000 feet (4,000 m) of cumulative elevation gain in temperatures of up to 120 degrees F (48 degrees C).

Check out Jason’s website for more information on his achievements http://www.relentlessromero.com

This is an amazing conversation and an interesting insight into the physical and mental preparation required to take on endurance events.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.
Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

 

For a full transcript of the audio contained within this podcast episode, access one of the following document format links.

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PDF document transcript of episode 44

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Cheers, Mike.

Blind Caving with Graham Owen – Episode 43 of The Blind Sport Podcast

Do you enjoy feeling your way through a dark, unfamiliar, obstacle filled environment? If you don’t get enough of this as part of everyday life as a blind person, then you could go caving.

In episode 43 I chat with vision impaired caver Graham Owen from England and his caving guide Jimmy.

Join us and listen to how caving (or Potholing as it is known) can be done as a blind person. Graham shares his stories of various underground adventures, handy tips and funny experiences. Jimmy shares his approach to guiding a blind person through a variety of terrains which include navigating caverns full of crystal formations, abseiling down rock faces and squeezing through rock tunnels that are only as wide as your body. Are you feeling claustrophobic yet?

This is a great conversation and an interesting overview of a challenging sport for the underground adventurer.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers,

Mike Lloyd
Host of “The Blind Sport Podcast”

Ride Blind Racing with Bobby McMullen – Episode 42 of The Blind Sport Podcast

That blind guy rides his own mountain bike? Yeah, that’s right. Let’s find out how that works.

Bobby McMullen is vision impaired and has survived diabetes, kidney failure, years of dialysis, two kidney/pancreas transplants, open-heart surgery, and has battled a particularly aggressive form of cancer. He has broken more bones than he can count. In spite of challenges that would take most people out, Bobby lives life full-on. He is a passionate extreme sport competitor – a tenacious adrenaline junkie who competes alongside fully able racers. As a downhill mountain bike racer, his “life support” is the bike.

In 1993, during his first year of law school, Bobby lost his eyesight as a result of complications related to diabetes. It was a sudden loss. He was totally blind in a month.

Undeterred from pursuing his love of competitive sports, Bobby learned to ski with a guide. Within a year he qualified for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. He spent seven years as a member of the U.S. Team, was a two-time U.S. Disabled Overall Downhill champion, and earned his spot on the Nagano Paralympic ski team.

He competed in the 1998 Paralympics in Nagano, Japan, taking fifth place in the Alpine downhill ski competition. He continued to race with the U.S. team until his body rejected his first transplant organs. He endured another two years of dialysis before receiving his second double transplant in 2003.

Through his ski career, Bobby used cycling as a means of balance, strength and endurance conditioning during off-season. He worked with other riders to develop a method of “guide-follow” (similar to that used in skiing) for use in both road and mountain bike riding. He works with a “ride guide” who rides ahead of him and calls out obstacles.

Bobby’s passion is mountain bike downhill competition, though he competes in cross-country races as well. In 2006 he completed the 3,000-mile Race Across America, riding for Team Donate Life to raise money for transplant research.

Bobby’s life and philosophies are subjects of the international award-winning documentary “The Way Bobby Sees It” (Check it out on YouTube)

2012 threw some powerful obstacles in Bobby’s path. He underwent heart bypass surgery to unclog arteries, had a pacemaker inserted in his chest, was diagnosed with cancer that metastasized to his lymph nodes and required multiple surgeries along with a radical regimen of radiation treatments.

Nevertheless, he came through not much worse for wear, still pedalling, still smiling and optimistic. He continued to participate in race events and to motivate others through speaking events.

By participating in these events, Bobby has been able to spread awareness of and appreciation for disabled athletes, to inspire and motivate thousands of people world-wide, and to demonstrate all that is possible in life.

For more information about Bobby visit his website rideblindracing.com

I also include a very special quotation from Bobby.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers, Mike.

Blind Endeavors with Steve Baskis – Episode 41 of The Blind Sport Podcast

Steve Baskis is an American Army Veteran that was blinded in 2008 while on patrol in Iraq. Since then he has been active in a variety of sports including running, triathlon, skiing, kayaking, biathlon, climbing mountains and much more.

In episode 41 I chat with Steve and discuss his accomplishments, his attitude to living an active life and his work helping others.

The Blind Endeavors Foundation was founded by Steve Baskis in 2014 with a mission to raise awareness through adventure and exploration. To not only share great stories of human resilience, but to increase general awareness about the accessible technology, medical advancements and adaptive recreation that exist in our world today for people with physical and mental disabilities.

By raising awareness through media and educational presentations, they aim to get more people outside to enjoy what life has to offer and to inspire others to develop new technology and techniques that will benefit all those with disabilities.

For more information about Steve and the Blind Endeavors Foundation, visit http://www.blindendeavors.org

This is an inspirational conversation and you are invited to join us and hear Steve’s triumphant stories.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers, Mike

Mike Lloyd
Host of “The Blind Sport Podcast”

Blind Fishing Again with Lawrence Gunther – Episode 40 of The Blind Sport Podcast

Let’s learn about Adaptive Technology, Orientation and Mobility and Daily living skills used to enjoy fishing as a blind person. In episode 40 I chat with Lawrence Gunther from Canada about his fishing experiences.

Lawrence is a fishing blogger, podcaster and TV presenter and is soon to release a documentary.

For tips on blind fishing, visit http://blindfishingboat.com

He is also working hard in the area of conservation. Check out his Blue Fish Radio podcast at https://www.spreaker.com/page#!/show/the_blue_fish_radio_show

For more information about Lawrence, visit his website http://www.lawrencegunther.com

This is a great conversation and you are invited to join us for a bit of fun and hear Lawrence’s insightful stories.

For more hints and tips on blind fishing, check out Episode 10 of The Blind Sport Podcast which was the first interview with Lawrence.

I also include some motivational quotations.

You can subscribe, download and listen to The Blind Sport Podcast for free via iTunes or the website http://theblindsportpodcast.com. It is also on AGOGO, Tune in, Stitcher and IBlink Radio.

Please share this podcast link with your social networks as the more that people get to listen, the greater the ability to create a community of blind sport supporters.

Be a friend of the show by following @blindsportmike on Twitter or liking our page on Facebook http://facebook.com/theblindsportpodcast

Cheers,

Mike Lloyd
Host of “The Blind Sport Podcast”