Alison focuses on a bright future
Twenty-one-year-old Alison Jones had a promising future ahead of her as a member of the Australian women’s cricket squad when an industrial accident in March 2014 robbed her of the one thing she never imagined – her eyesight. Her world turned upside down as she struggled to come to terms with being blind and she admits she was “in a pretty dark place.”
A physiotherapist suggested a visit to Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association’s fitness and rehabilitation centre at Bowen Hills.
“That first personal training session, everyone welcomed me with open arms. I didn’t feel like I was being treated any differently and people were having a laugh, paying out on each other. It brought something back – that spark for life,” says Alison.
She was introduced to the team sport of goalball, and her natural athleticism and competitive spirit saw her quickly promoted to the Queensland women’s goalball team with the support of fellow players with vision impairment and coaches. Alison’s confidence is on the rise and she can now see a future that wasn’t there before.
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