Post date: 
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Claire Lawrence is regional campaigns officer for RNIB in the East Midlands. She's also an accomplished contemporary artist, fitness and MMA fighting enthusiast. She was registered partially sighted when she was 16 and then registered blind at 18.

Through the work that she does and her individual passions and hobbies, Claire is constantly working to improve accessibility for blind and partially sighted people, and show that having sight loss doesn't mean that you can't achieve your goals.

"This is a film of me during one of my combat training sessions. I am registered blind and learning Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). My trainer Dan Powell is also severely sight impaired; he's a personal trainer, Judo instructor and cage fighter. This film was a few weeks ago, so I'm much stronger now. We focus on accuracy and muscle memory. Dan wears a bright top so there is a clear contrast between himself and the pads/gloves. Along with general fitness training we have progressed to knees, elbows, throws and actual sparring. All exercise is adaptable to any disability. Dan is a fantastic trainer and has enabled me to do something I've always wanted to do. "

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