Dancing On Ice’s Mark Hanretty ‘forgets’ Libby Clegg is blind

Dancing On Ice’s Mark Hanretty ‘forgets’ Libby Clegg is blind

‘Dancing On Ice’s Mark Hanretty "forgets" that Libby Clegg is blind.
The ice skating professional is partnered with the Paralympian – who has no central vision or perception of depth because of her deteriorating eye condition Stargardt’s Muscular Dystrophy – on the ITV skating show and admits there are times where he leaves her "stranded".
He confessed: "I’ve forgotten at inopportune times where I have left Libby and realised she is in the middle of the ice rink and left her stranded, so that’s not the best. I do forget because she has so many coping mechanisms."
Libby has a special way of making her way around the ice despite her poor vision, by creating "a map in her head" of where everything is.
Explaining how she copes, she added: "I create a map in my head of where boundaries and certain obstacles are, so I just try and memorise all those really small details. I recognise and observe things you wouldn’t really notice on a daily basis in my normal life, so I try to do that on the ice rink as well."
And Mark admitted it has been a "huge challenge" teaching Libby to skate but whilst he initially thought it would be a "nightmare", he now feels like the "luckiest guy" to be partnered with the 29-year-old sprinter.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, Mark said: "It’s been a huge challenge, I came into it with a pre-conceived idea of how difficult it is going to be. Initially I thought this is going to be such a challenge, it’s going to be a nightmare, and now I just think I’ve been the luckiest guy."