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Harry sets his sights on victory with Vision Express backing

Press Release   •   Aug 24, 2015 14:25 BST

A Gateshead teenager who is competing in an international water skiing competition at the end of this month, is praising Vision Express for its ongoing support over the past four years.

Harry Young, 16, from Lobley Hill, Gateshead, has been water-skiing for ten years. The British Waterski squad member will compete on behalf of his club, Hazelwood Ski World Lincoln, at his home site, in the Stokes Pro Arm Jump Competition (26 -27 August) alongside international skiers.

For the past four years, Harry has been a regular visitor to Vision Express Metrocentre, where staff have followed his success and provided regular sight tests and lenses.

Harry participates in the slalom, trick and jump water ski disciplines and has already competed in a number of competitions this year, including the British Youth National Championships at Gosfield Lake in Essex, where he came third in the under 17’s jump.

Commenting Harry said: “My thanks go to Vision Express for its continued support – I heavily rely on partnerships such as this one, to allow me to continue to train and compete.

“Keeping on top of my eye health is really important due to the fact I spend so much of my time in the water. Each contact lens has to be thrown away and replaced after every session and frequent eye health checks are essential.”

Caroline Dodd, assistant store manager at Vision Express Metrocentre added: “We love hearing all about how Harry in getting on in his latest competitions and wish him the best of luck in the Stokes Pro Arm Jump Competition.”

Ahead of the competition, Harry popped into the Vision Express Lincoln store for a check-up. Lincoln store manager, Vanessa Madgwick added: “Harry is fighting fit and the team and I are rooting for him at this week’s international competition.”

Vision Express offers an eye test to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists (COO), with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified eye health professional. To find your nearest Vision Express store visit:

About Vision Express

Vision Express is the third largest optical retailer in the UK and part of GrandVision,the global leader in optical retail operating across 43 countries, spanning over 5,800 stores and online.

With more than 390 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.

Vision Express is considered one of the leading and most trusted opticians in the UK and Ireland, with its European offering supported through sister eye care brands Grand Optical, Solaris and Generale D'Optique.

With around 4,000 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)

International Glaucoma Association

Macular Society

Stroke Association

Temple Street University Hospital.

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