An opticians in Retford is sponsoring an up and coming club road racer this year, continuing its campaign to support local sporting talent.
Scott Stone, 27, has ridden motorcycles since he was eight and decided to move from track days to competing in the No Limits Championship in the Metzeler Newcomer 600 Class.
The team at Specsavers decided to get behind Scott because of his commitment to the sport and the fact that he’s local talent.
The sponsorship deal will enable Scott to upgrade his bike and cover the costs of competing professionally, as well as pay for coaching sessions to help him hone his technique.
Scott said: “I’m really grateful to Karen Allan and the team at Specsavers in Retford for supporting me.
“It’s important that my health is at its best so I can put in a top performance all year round and be at my best throughout the season.”
Karen Allan, Retford store director, added: “As a team, we are committed to supporting local talent who can demonstrate commitment and dediccation when it comes to wanting to succeed.
“When we met Scott, we knew that he was a great fit.”
As part of his sponsorship, Scott will also be booked in for regular eye tests to ensure he remains in optimum health.
Karen continued: “It’s a common misconception that eye tests are only about testing your eyesight.
“I’m really keen to highlight the fact that these tests can also detect signs of common medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and glaucoma.
“It’s important for people, especially those under the age of 30, to get into the habit of having eye tests to help detect problems earlier on in their lives.
“It is just as important for those who are more mature because they’re more susceptible to those sorts of conditions.
“I tell all of our patients to stick to a good diet, drink plenty of water and remember to have your checkups every two years.
And with the weather improving, Karen also had words of advice for anyone buying sunglasses, perhaps for when heading out to watch Scott at one of his races.
She said: “Consumers need to ensure that they look out for the CE kite mark and that sunglasses are marked UV400.
“Cheaper glasses not bearing these marks might not provide adequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Short term exposure to UV rays can cause photo keratitis, painful inflammation on the front of the eye, while excessive long term UV exposure has been linked to eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.”