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KEAR Michael
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age31
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Louise Harrison
Further Personal Information
Residence
Edinburgh, SCO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age nine at Loanhead Primary School in Scotland but gave up the sport after an accident. "At this point, we didn't know the extent of my visual impairment and it resulted in me wiping out another kid! It scared us all and I stopped skiing." He took up the sport again with the Scottish Visually Impaired Skiers club in 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Why this sport?
He decided to resume skiing after watching the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. "I was so inspired by the visually impaired athletes' talent and skill that I turned to my mum and said, 'I'd really like to give skiing another go'. I'd been competitively swimming for my Scottish district and almost made it to the team but my epileptic seizures in the pool had forced me to quit due to almost drowning five times. I decided to take two buses up to Hillend [Midlothian Snowsports Centre] and give it another go and found out a blind ski club had been formed."
General Interest
Nicknames
Mike (snowsportscotland.org, 02 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Playing guitar. (Instagram profile, 26 Sep 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Senior Sports Personality of the Year at the Midlothian Sports Awards in Lasswade, Scotland. (scottishdisabilitysport.com, 02 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He competed in swimming at national level in Scotland before he began Para alpine skiing. (michaelkear.simplesite.com, 11 Mar 2021)
Impairment
He has cortical visual impairment [CVI] as a result of a stroke at birth, and has 2.5% vision. (Instagram profile, 21 Nov 2021; michaelkear.simplesite.com, 11 Mar 2021)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has been a volunteer for the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland. (Twitter profile, 31 Dec 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.