Scottish Cyclist Neil Fachie Has Disability Of Retinitis Pigmentosa, Athlete On Commonwealth Games 2022

Neil Fachie Is A Scottish Paralympic Athlete Who Is Competing In The Commonwealth Games 2022

Neil Fachie is a Scottish Paralympian who was born with the disability of Retinitis Pigmentosa and is participating in the Commonwealth Games starting from July 29, 2022.

He hopes to bag some more gold medals at the event and is very excited to participate with his child on the way.

 Neil Fachie Disability Of Retinitis Pigmentosa, Is He Blind?

Neil Fachie's disability is a congenital eye condition, also called Retinitis pigmentosa. It is an eye condition caused by genetics that impairs vision. Retinitis pigmentosa is often inherited from one or both parents, while it can occasionally arise from a DNA division error.

Cyclist Neil Fachie Was Born With A Congenital Eye Condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa
Cyclist Neil Fachie Was Born With A Congenital Eye Condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa( Source : Instagram )

He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on March 12, 1984.

It is still unclear whether anyone from Fachie's family also has a similar disorder as they have come forward with any such disability among family members. However, his parents raised the Scottish cyclist with optimal love and care. Despite his liability, he was a very athletic kid. His father supported him and guided him along the path to becoming one of the most renowned para-athletes in the world.

He was not a cyclist when he started his career as an athlete. He was a runner who had represented the United Kingdom couple of times in the past. Fachie decided to transition from athletics to track cycling at 24. At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Fachie competed for Great Britain in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

Meet Neil Fachie Wife Lora Fachie

She is an English racing cyclist who competes in tandem para-cycling road and tracks races despite being visually impaired. In 2016, she wed Neil Fachie; the two are currently expecting a child. With her partner Corrine Hall, she has won the tandem road race and one-kilometer time trial world championships.

Neil Fachie Is Married His Wife Lora Fachie In 2016
Neil Fachie Is Married His Wife Lora Fachie In 2016( Source : Instagram )

Lora was born on September 4, 1988, in Liverpool, England. She has a history of eyesight issues among her family members. Roy and Mark, Fachie's two brothers, and her mother are all affected by a hereditary illness that causes sight loss.

She was left with light perception after losing her eyes at age five. When she was younger, Fachie went to Gateacre School in Liverpool and then graduated from the University of Birmingham to pursue a career in physiotherapy.

Are The Couple Playing In Commonwealth Games?

Neil and Lora Fachie are very excited as the kick-off date of Commonwealth game 2022 has arrived. The competition is set to begin on July 29, 2022, and will be concluded on August 8 of this year. Unfortunately, the cyclist couple will not collectively participate in the tournament as Lora is expecting a child and is now six months pregnant. As a result, she is not participating in such a big event for the first time since 2009.

However, Neil is more than ready to smash all the records and will as many gold medals as he can for his country. He has already started to steal the show as he began his win pursuit after he earned Scotland's first gold medal of the 2022 Games earlier on Friday, the first day of competition, by winning the men's tandem B 1,000m time trial.

Wales' James Ball and pilot Matt Rotherham lost out to Fachie and his sighted pilot Lewis Stewart for the gold after setting a new Games mark of 59.938 seconds. With five gold medals, Fachie is now tied with lawn bowler Alex Marshall for the most Scottish athletes at the Commonwealths.