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Blind ice dancer nominated for Merton Civic Award
An ice skater who went blind, but continues to skate has been nominated for the Merton Civic Awards.
Tracey Compton, 45, from Morden has been ice skating since the age of five and despite going completely blind three years ago, is still an avid skater.
A former secretary and training support officer at the Department of Health, Ms Compton was born with cataracts in both eyes.
At the age of 13, she lost the sight in her left eye through a detached retina and after contracting glaucoma more than 25 years later, she became fully blind.
It will be three years next January since she started skating again; she refuses to let the loss of her vision stop her from doing what she loves most.
She said: “I wish I had of skated as a career but saying that I’m a very competitive person.”
Currently working for her level nine in ice skating at Brixton ice rink, Ms Compton relies on her hearing to avoid collisions with other skaters.
After being officially registered blind, she received a white cane and a guide dog to assist her with daily life.
The mother-of-four, who has three grandsons, said: “My guide dog gave me the confidence to get back on the ice.”
She was also persuaded to get back on the ice when she met a friend of a friend who also skated.
Ms Compton has been nominated for the act of courage award 2014.
Go to our Merton Civic Awards page for more information about the awards and how to nominate someone.
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