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Euteneier has been blind since age eight. Despite his
gradual and now total loss of sight, he’s always been an outdoor
enthusiast. Lawrence is now a semi-professional fisher competing
in tournaments throughout North America with support from his
sponsors and family.
At age 11 Lawrence was a seasoned fisher of Trout and fall
salmon on his local rivers. Lawrence’s seven years in Scouts and
later Venturers was highlighted when, at age 13, he was one of
18 youth who paddled over 2,100km in two 25-foot warrior canoes
from Toronto to Prince Edward Island to attend the 1977 “World
Scout Jamboree”. At age 14 Lawrence acquired his first boat and
motor which he and his friends used to fish the waters of
southern Ontario and by age 22 Lawrence was fishing commercially
for Cod off Canada’s east coast during his summer breaks from
has earned a college certificate, Bachelors diploma, and Masters
in Environmental Studies. His field research expeditions
included residing in northern Sweden for one year, back-country
expeditions in Canada’s Rockies, and living among the Inuit in
The expertise in environmental accessibility for people with
disabilities Lawrence developed led to his being appointed as a
“Human Rights Tribunalist” and the “Special Advisor on
Accessibility” to Canada’s Senate. IN 1999, Lawrence invented
the world’s first fully accessible public computer for use in
libraries and community centers.
Lawrence’s achievements have been recognized with a number of
awards including the “ Public Service Award of Excellence” in
2003, the “People’s Choice Award” in 2004, and the “Meritorious
Service Medal” from the Governor General in 2006.
Lawrence isn’t on the water fishing, he’s raising funds for
charities by competing in triathlons, Dragon Boat competitions
and celebrity car races. IN five car races, Lawrence has
finished 4th, 3rd twice, 2nd and 1st.
(Photo of Lawrence with his first Carp caught on the St.
Lawrence’s life mission is to open up the sport of fishing to
the over 11 million Canadians and Americans with vision loss.
Lawrence himself is a semi-professional fisher competing in
tournaments, organizing guided fishing adventures, advising
guides and outfitters on accessibility, teaching people with
vision loss to fish, and the inventor of the world’s first
fishing boat for the blind. Lawrence believes that people with
vision loss make excellent fishers due to their ability to,
“Feel the Bite”.