Aniridia doesn’t stop Jessica doing all kinds of sports

Jessica climbingByJessica

I am 21 living in London, have partial aniridia and have never let it stop me from any kind of sport. know some people get worried about sporting with an eye condition like this and am fully aware that some people have more symptoms. I simply wanted to share this as i know its hard, thought it might perk a few that might have concerns about getting involved with sports.

This was a photo taken when i went to Devon in an activity where you scale across the rock face and then jump into the sea. it was fantastic activity and very safe.

I have used a variation of really dark sunglasses, biking goggles and tinted contacts. all of which i found have been very useful over the years.
I used to use tinted contacts when i was doing any ball sports.

For climbing I wore the biking goggles (but i naturally wanted a few photos without them on). I also used my goggles when doing Tough Mudder. They are elasticated so you can adjust them to fit around helmets and would stay on my face despite crawling through mud and jumping into water.

This is mainly a point of saying i have found doing sports hard, but have always found a way i can join in.

About Aniridia Network

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK and Ireland. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. First registered as a charity in 2011 and fully in 2018.
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1 Response to Aniridia doesn’t stop Jessica doing all kinds of sports

  1. metaliant says:

    I have aniridia, nystagmus, cataracts and low vision and I was the only disabled person I knew of until I was about 14. I have always liked sports…..well at least up to a point. The main sports I was involved in at school (normal junior and comphrensive) was football, rugby, swimming (which I hated completely) mainly in winter and the usual cricket, tennis, athletics in summer. In my fourth an fifth year we could choose and I mainly chose volleyball, basketball and tennis.

    I wasn’t brilliant at some of these sports, mainly football, cricket and tennis. The reasons are mainly that I do have problems seeing the ball. In football I tried not being the goalkeeper because I would either shut my eyes, duck or move away from the goals so the ball couldn’t hit me in the face or something like that. Any other position like defender, forwarder or midfielder fine but not a goalkeeper. In cricket and tennis I just wouldn’t be able to see the ball at all. In cricket especially if they tried to bowl overarm even with a tennis ball, no chance of hitting it. And as for being a fielder in cricket, no chance to see if the ball comes near me, except possibly if it hit me on the head.

    I have tried several other sports but found that I am not brilliant at like snooker and pool. I also tried judo (I was rubbish at it) and blind football (that scares me to death) but never really found a sport that I was good at…..until that is now.

    I have a friend in Wolverhampton who did a bit of VI/blind cricket last summer and when he told me, I thought I would ask if I could come along and have a go. All I can say is that not only I enjoyed it but I really had a chance of actually hitting the ball (a size 3 football which is similar size to a volleyball) and was able to see it when it was about 2 or 3 meters away from me.

    There are sports which have been modified either slightly like cricket or tennis or a lot like football for visually impaired and blind people so I would say if you can find a club or something that will let you have a go then have a go.

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