PORTSMOUTH College students and a group of youngsters from secondary schools across the city were given an inspirational talk by the fastest blind man on water and on land.
Steve Cunningham, holder of the blind land speed and powerboat records, talked candidly about going completely blind at the age of 12 and the impact this had on his life, before giving an account of the record-breaking achievements in the world of sport and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
College student Dylan Scott, 17, who is in a wheelchair, said: ‘Steve was a really inspirational man. He made me realise that even if you have some real difficulties in life you can still rise up to the challenge.’
Phil Harris, assistant principal, added: ‘Steve gave the students a genuine insight into how to overcome challenges, set themselves goals and believe they could really achieve them. His essential message was “you can do it”.’