Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Blind Team Ready to Tri; Sightless Athletes Training to Take on Noosa Triathlon Challenge

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Blind Team Ready to Tri; Sightless Athletes Training to Take on Noosa Triathlon Challenge

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Byline: Tessa Patrick Tessa.Patrick@scnews.com.au

TRIATHLONS have historically celebrated the coming together of different athletes in the name of sportsmanship.

One team for the Noosa Triathlon captures the essence of that.

Robin Braidwood, Darrell Munck and Richard Sammut all have retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic condition that has left each of the athletes blind. But they're not letting the challenges that may lay ahead get in their way.

"I think the physical challenge for all of us will be fine," Mr Braidwood said.

"For me it's more the mental fatigue. You also have to be concentrating the whole time."

The trio will compete in the tri with their training partners, who will be tethered alongside them and provide guidance or be the teammate on their tandem bike.

While training has been going well, the team will be concentrating their effort of competing against able-bodied athletes.

Since enlisting the help of his neighbour, Celia, Mr Braidwood has trained in the gym and in the field. …

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