Christopher Vaughan is not your average University student. By day he works hard on his studies as a History student but at night he pushes his body to his limits, competing as a visually impaired ParaTriathlete and is now set for one of his biggest challenges yet, the 2018 London Marathon.
Chris was diagnosed with a genetic condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. RP, as it is commonly referred, is the deterioration of the Retina: the nerve centre of the eye.
At 22 years old, Chris now only has five degrees of vision remaining, enabling him to recognise light from dark through light perception.
Chris has not allowed his vision impairment to stop him from competing in a sport he says 'he loves and lives',
“I compete and train in Paratriathlon with the aid of sighted guides, who as the term states, work as my eyes,” he said.
“I love and live this sport and have done some amazing things and had amazing adventures from competing in it.”
Chris’s next amazing adventure will see him compete in his third marathon, as he tackles the London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd alongside his guide, Ironman competitor Amanda Rhodes.
“Myself and my wonderful guide, Amanda, will be taking on the London Virgin Money Marathon on behalf of RP Fighing Blindness, which will be my third Marathon and Amanda’s first as a guide,
“We are a partnership working together to cross that finish line and also to prove that while my eyes may not work, my body definitely does!”
“Along with raising awareness and funds for this brilliant charity I want to prove that anything is possible as long as you work hard and fight for it!”
Best of luck for the Marathon Chris, from everybody at Leeds Beckett University!
Although working hard on the track, Chris is also looking to raise £2000 for RP and needs your help! Make sure to click the link below and donate to Chris’s amazing cause.Inspired by Chris’s story? Make sure to donate to his Just Giving page to help him raise money for RP