Blindness is no barrier for Simon Wheatcroft. With technology and willpower as his only guides, Simon achieved the impossible when he learned to run road races and complete ultra-marathons without his sight. He now helps others to overcome adversity—working with companies to improve product accessibility and application, as well as demonstrating the power of determination as a motivational speaker.
What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17?
Born with a degenerative eye condition, Simon eventually became blind in his teenager years.
Undeterred, he decided to propose to his girlfriend (now wife) at the top of a mountain in Yosemite National Park.
Unable to complete the climb, he was left with a sense of frustration that, quite literally, powered him through his next sports-related challenge.
Cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned not only to navigate everyday life, but also to run outdoors with only a Smartphone app called Runtracker and his remaining senses as a guide.
Seven months later, he ran his first ever race…a 100-mile one. An incredible feat, Simon motivates his awe-struck audiences by demonstrating the power of determination to overcome struggles and achieve dreams.
It was the first amazing achievement of many; since then, Simon has competed in ultra-marathons around the UK, and continues to test himself in other parts of the world, including New York and a North African desert!
And if that was not inspiring enough, Simon has taken advantage of his unique skill-base and assisted leading technology companies with their products; by improving accessibility through inclusive user-centric design, Simon is helping others to go further than they ever imagined.
- Making the most of things
- Improving accessibility of technology; user-centric design