John takes centre stage at Stormont

Deafblind archer John Nicholl launches Coalition on Deafness Manifesto alongside the First Minister, deputy First Minister and the new Health Minister Simon Hamilton.
Deafblind archer John Nicholl launches Coalition on Deafness Manifesto alongside the First Minister, deputy First Minister and the new Health Minister Simon Hamilton.

Local archer John Nicholl was centre of attention as a number of Deaf charities from across Northern Ireland came together to launch The Coalition on Deafness, which they hope will transform the lives of people who are deaf, deafblind, have a hearing loss or tinnitus.

The new lobby group was launched by Simon Hamilton MLA, the new Minister for Health Social Services & Public Safety, and the First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MLA and Martin McGuinness MLA.

John Nicholl, from Seacon, Ballymoney is a deafblind Archer who won the bronze medal earlier this year at the British Visually Impaired Indoor Archery Championships and is planning to go to the Outdoor Championships in September, with his ultimate dream to take part in the Paralympic games in Japan in 2020.

Speaking to the attendees, John said: “For the majority of us, the main barrier is communication. I would love to see sports be accessible for all disabled people.”