Blind courage

EARLSTON’S Billy Walker has suffered from degenerative myopia since birth, a progressive eye disease that has led to his severe visual impairment.

Late last year things got a lot worse for Billy however when a freak accident at a Judo camp dislodged his corrective lens and left him completely blind.

Billy Walker who is registered blind with  Focus Judo Club coach  Lee Allan.

Billy Walker who is registered blind with Focus Judo Club coach Lee Allan.

Never-the-less the Focus Judo Club member continued to play, wearing an eye patch, and even managed to complete a grading which led to him receiving his green belt.

Following an operation Billy has now had the lens replaced and has some of his vision back. Although his confidence has been shaken by the incident he is keen to keep climbing the Judo ladder and is grateful to his fellow club members and coaches Tom Hardy, Lee Allan, James Hunt and Stuart Gordon, as well as his girlfriend and chauffeur Sandra McLeod, for their help throughout.

Read Billy’s story in next week’s Southern Reporter.