Paul aged 42 from Nottingham was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa four years ago and is registered blind.
“When I was diagnosed with an incurable, degenerative sight condition my world changed forever.
I quickly went from the outgoing sporty person I had been into an anxious unfit recluse. I stopped cycling with my local club and after trying to run on my own I soon gave that up too.
I was soon at one of the lowest points in my life and I knew I had to do something about it, so I contacted My Sight Notts and their sports coach put me in touch with the blind cricket team – the Nottinghamshire Knights. The enthusiasm and camaraderie of everyone involved, from staff to players, was infectious and just what I needed to get me out of the house and back into a healthy lifestyle and a more positive attitude.
“I’ve travelled much of the county playing cricket and I’ve made new friends developed new skills and am feeling both mentally and physically healthier again. I’ve also regained much of my old self-confidence – especially when wielding a cricket bat!”