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Skiing with a vision impairment

A close-up of a person's ski boots with a snowy mountain background.

The Vision Impaired Blind and Everyone (VIBE) Ski club is based at Mount Baw Baw in Victoria. The club promotes opportunities for people who are blind or vision-impaired to ski. Peggy is vision-impaired and has been involved in the club for many years. Peggy skis with a sighted guide who wears a high-visibility vest. Her guide gives her verbal directions. If the weather is good and Peggy can see enough, she follows her guide. When visibility is poor, Peggy skies beside her guide and holds onto the guide's ski pole.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 19/09/14

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Life cycles

Ray with a big smile riding a bike by a beach.

Ray Losionek sees his achievements in life as a result of a can do attitude. Initially he wanted to walk again after becoming a double amputee at the age of eight. The next stage was learning to ride a tricycle to improve his mobility. After marrying, owning his own business and raising four boys, Ray's love of cycling continues in his retirement. However, it's now about challenging himself, keeping fit and encouraging others in less fortunate countries.

Posted by: Kate Giles, on 22/08/14

2 comments - last comment on 26/08/14

Shooting Blind

Man shooting an arrow at a target

A six-week course teaches blind people the sport of archery. They learn to hold the bow, use special tactile devices, and rules of the sport. Those who complete the course can apply to become members of an archery club and take part in competitions. Hitting the target with an arrow is a very rewarding feeling.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 08/03/13

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Gran Fondo

A large number of cycling competitors riding along a road.

I cycled in the Gran Fondo race organised by the Amy Gillett Foundation. Amy Gillett was a cyclist who was hit and killed by a car in 2005. The Foundation was set up to raise awareness of safe cycling, both for cyclists and motorists. The ride is 115 kilometres and there are lots of hills. I was well prepared for it because I cycle a lot. The ride started in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. We then rode away from the coast and finally made our way back to Lorne. It was a challenging and enjoyable event.

Posted by: Katrina Breen, on 26/10/12

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Journey to the Paralympics

Stuart Tripp handcycling on a street.

Stuart Tripp was in a car accident in 1994. No one thought he would survive. He had many operations and part of his leg removed. It was a difficult time for Stuart. A friend introduced him to handcycling. This kind of cycling uses the hands instead of the legs to turn the pedals. Stuart really enjoyed the freedom handcycling gave him. He has already represented Australia in international competitions. Now he is going to race in two events at the Paralympic Games in London. Whatever the outcome of those races, Stuart has had an amazing journey.

Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 30/08/12

2 comments - last comment on 04/10/12

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