Visually impaired runner Graeme McCreath and his guide Carlos Castillo run on the Galloping Goose trail. McCreath has filed a human rights complaint against the TC10K race for not allowing him to run with other disabled runners in the annual event.

Blind runner awaits decision on human rights complaint

The blind runner who filed a human rights complaint against the TC 10K expects to receive the decision next month

The blind runner who filed a human rights complaint against the Victoria International Running Society and the race director of the Times Colonist 10 K is awaiting a decision after a four-day hearing that finished last Thursday.

Graeme McCreath, a 65-year-old Saanich physiotherapist, filed the discrimination complaint against the VIRS and race director Jacqui Sanderson, after he was denied his request to start the race early to avoid heavy congestion. The popular road race typically sees 10,000 entrants.

McCreath, who has a prosthetic left eye and only light perception in the other, has, with the assistance of a guide, run six of the Times Colonist 10K events, including races spanning 2006 until 2010.

“We should never have go to this situation,” McCreath said. “I’ve been pretty devastated … I’m cautiously optimistic, but you never know.”

McCreath has requested compensation for loss of dignity and missed work during the hearing.

The Victoria International Running Society argued that changes to the route in 2011 should have addressed issues surrounding the safety of visually-impaired runners at the start of the race. McCreath did not run in the 2011 TC 10K.

A decision from B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Marlene Tyshynski is expected in the first week of November.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Watchdog group says Saanich council needs a ‘reality check’ about taxes

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria warns of eroding housing affordability in Saanich

Time-lapse video shows weekend work on McKenzie Interchange project

Construction crews place concrete underpass bridge beams

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

Years of ‘horrific, violent accidents’ at Thetis Lake prompt plea to public

View Royal fire chief asks for an end to alcohol consumption at busy park

City of Victoria plans workshop to determine fate of Sir John A. Macdonald statue

Conversations will happen as part of a reconciliation dialogue series in May 2020

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read