A BLIND footballer is hoping to shine on the world stage at the Paralympic Games.

Robin Williams, 24, of North Petherton, lost his eyesight due to cancer of the retina as a baby, but has already represented his country more than 30 times.

He said: “I’m excited to be a part of the Paralympics and it will be a proud moment to play for my country.

“I’ve got used to being blind as I grew up with it. I’m fortunate that I’m fairly academic and sporty.”

The Paralympic football tournament kicks off today (August 31) and runs until Saturday, September 8, with all matches broadcast live on Channel 4.

Robin – and England – will face Spain, Argentina and Iran in their group matches.

In blind football, all players except the goalkeepers wear blindfolds to ensure a level playing field regardless of the level of sight loss.

The ball is fitted with metal ball bearings so players can hear and track it.

Robin said: “It will be the best quality blind tournament ever in front of a lot of people.”