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Blind guitarist motivates students

Students from Deniliquin High School and Edward and South primary schools were left feeling inspired on Tuesday when blind guitarist Lorin Nicholson paid them a visit.

May 23, 2014 3:50am

South School students Jasmyn McKenzie, Shaniqua Mitchell, Phoebe Sander, Leasha Bartlett and Milli Robson with Lorin Nicholson.

Blind guitarist Lorin Nicholson left hundreds of children ‘‘inspired’’ when he visited Deniliquin on Tuesday.

Mr Nicholson, who is one of the nation’s leading guitarists, shared his incredible, motivational journey to Deniliquin High School and Edward and South primary school students.

South School principal Greg Danckert said his powerful award-winning SEE SHARP presentation addressed values integral to child development.

Mr Nicholson discussed overcoming negativity, peer pressure, teasing, bullying and other worthwhile values.

He also gave students the opportunity to experience what it is like to be blind.

‘‘Everyone loved him and his messages were well received,’’ Mr Danckert said.

‘‘In one session he was able to encourage perseverance, respect, inclusiveness and all our school values.’’

Mr Nicholson said he tries to help kids gain a greater tolerance for others, including those people ‘‘who are different’’.

‘‘One of the messages I hope they take away is to take responsibility for their own actions and for their own successes.’’

Despite being legally blind since birth, Mr Nicholson has been a finalist in the Australian Country Music Awards where he was runner-up to the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.

In 2009, he was a nominee for Australian of the Year and later went on to win a Queensland community service award for his contribution to the community.

Mr Nicholson and his brother Dean also created history in 2010 by becoming the first blind people to ride bicycles from Perth to Sydney.

Mr Nicholson’s local visit was funded by the Deniliquin RSL Club as part of Clubs NSW’s recently introduced BULLYcheck initiative.

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