I Can Represent my Country – David’s story

David campaign poster – Large image of David sitting on the floor taken from the side. He is looking off into the distance with a goal ball beside him. The tagline beside him reads “I Can represent my country”

David Scott, 18, from Gosport, Hampshire, has always been interested in sport. His favourite, football, gave way to goalball when he started as a student at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) and swiftly became a part of the GB Goalball squad.David is in the foreground getting ready for a game of Goalball, he has his ball under his right arm and a pair of eye shades in his left hand. He is standing in the sports hall, there are a group of other students, blurred out in the background, who can be seen running

“I’ve always been sporty and liked the idea of studying sport at RNC,” he said. “With the facilities and the staff, being at RNC is like being in a professional environment.”

David has a condition called Albinism and was registered blind at the age of five. He also has Nystagmus and Photophobia. Having spent years travelling an hour each way to and from school, chosen because it had a specialist unit for people with visual impairments, he yearned to increase his independence and recognised how much this had improved in a friend who was studying at the College in Hereford.

“Being a full member of the Sports Academy means that I get nine hours of sport on my timetable every week, and I absolutely love it,” David, a Sports and Recreation student, enthused. “The coaches are amazing. As well as the goalball training, I have strength and conditioning sessions in the gym. The facilities are amazing; I can honestly say this is more than I could ever have dreamed of.”

As a member of the GB Goalball youth team, David was keen to be part of RNC’s national I Can campaign and demonstrate the confidence that has grown in him. “I can’t believe how far I’ve come already! I’m representing Great Britain in international tournaments both at home and abroad; it’s amazing.”

David took part in a photo shoot for the campaign and was filmed by fellow students from the media course, who also acted as interviewers. Having been on Channel 4’s That Paralympic Show in 2010, demonstrating goalball with his school, he found the filming at RNC fun and much less stressful. “We got it easily on the first take,” David said, proudly.

With his long term ambition to become a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach, David is on track to achieving his goal, as well as maintaining his place in the goalball team. Watch David’s I Can Represent my Country video at https://www.rnc.ac.uk/ican/meet-david and discover how RNC has helped him realise his ambitions.

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC