A BLIND man opened the eyes of youngsters to a world of adventure at a South Tyneside school.
Steve Cunningham lost his sight at the age of 12, but has broken down barriers to become the world’s fastest blind man.
He powered to world speed records on land and sea, then took to the air as the world’s first blind pilot, flying around the UK.
The 50-year-old now inspires others as a motivational speaker through his charity, Blind Vision.
Pupils from Laygate Community School in South Shields were the latest to benefit from one of his engaging talks.
Headteacher Paul Rafferty said: “It is vitally important for children to understand that they all have potential and they can achieve their goals, so I invited Steve to come to our school.
“His talk and work with our upper Key Stage 2 children really got them buzzing.
“On their own initiative, they tried walking with their eyes closed, with a friend as support, and were astounded at what Steve could do.
“But importantly, they were also filled with a passion to achieve their goals.”
Year 6 teacher Mick Hassen said: “A total of 150 children sat completely engaged with Steve and his message for almost an hour.
“I think that tells you what sort of impact he had.
“I am so proud of the way our children took advantage of this amazing opportunity.”
A world junior sprinter, Steve went on to play for the England blind cricket and football teams and is also a keen golfer.