'The Blind Grappler': The remarkable story of Clinton Terry

Jiu-jitsu ace Clinton Terry, aka ' The Blind Grappler', refuses to allow his disability stand in the way of his goals in life.

A decorated combat sport career is proof of that determination.

Sightless since the age of two, he's thrived in competition against able-bodied athletes, with five titles at national level, a silver medal at the Pan-American Games and double gold at the Pan Pacific Games under his black belt in recent years.

The Featherston native began his grappling escapades as a wrestler. He was crowned a 10-time national champion and was on the brink of Commonwealth Games selection in 2014.

That same year, he discovered the ancient art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a new love affair was born.

Terry's remarkable accomplishments were recognised at last month's Blind Sport New Zealand Awards, where he was named Sportsman of the Year.

"I have a great platform to show other blind people that there are sports out there," Terry told Newshub. "You can compete against able-bodied people and succeed, and do really well."

The best is yet to come from this inspirational Kiwi, who's become both a coach and mentor for other blind and low-vision athletes.

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