BEING blind has not deterred a teenager from achieving his dream.
David Scott has become the face of the I Can campaign at the Royal National College for the Blind after being accepted into the Team GB goalball squad.
The 18-year-old was born with albinism and registered blind when he was five.
He also suffers from nystagmus, involuntary eye movement, and photophobia, light sensitivity.
David, from Gosport, loved football growing up and is a big Pompey fan.
He saw the RNC as the best way to get into sport studying Level 3 sport and recreation: personal training.
He said: ‘I’ve always been sporty and liked the idea of studying sport at RNC.
‘With the facilities and the staff, being at RNC is like being in a professional environment.
‘Being a full member of the sports academy means that I get nine hours of sport on my timetable every week, and I absolutely love it.’
When David joined the college, which is in Hereford, he immediately signed up to the goalball squad and has been accepted into the Team GB Youth squad.
The sport is played in teams of three throwing a ball with a bell into a goal.
He added: ‘I can’t believe how far I’ve come already.
‘I’m representing Great Britain in international tournaments both at home and abroad – it’s amazing.
‘I’m also doing strength and conditioning sessions in the gym. The facilities are amazing.
‘I can honestly say this is more than I could ever have dreamed of.’
David looked at attending the RNC to become more independent.
He was having to travel from his Gosport home to a school an hour away which had a unit for people with visual impairments.
But since going to the college, he has become more confident in travelling alone and meeting new people.
The RNC is using David’s story for its I Can promotional campaign.
In the future, David hopes the college will help him become a personal trainer or a strength and conditioning coach.
To watch David’s story visit rnc.ac.uk/ican/meet-david.