Chal­leng­ing sport­ing per­cep­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

ST­EF­FAN Nero does not let the fact that he is vi­sion-im­paired stop him from do­ing what he loves.

Born with con­gen­i­tal nys­tag­mus, a con­di­tion that caused in­vol­un­tary eye move­ment and left him with lim­ited vi­sion, the Univer­sity of Notre Dame stu­dent doesn’t con­sider him­self an in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers de­spite com­pet­ing at the high­est level in two sports.

He suited up for Aus­tralia in the 2017 Blind T20 Cricket World Cup ear­lier this year on the back of scor­ing his first cen­tury for WA (104 runs off 57 balls) in the Na­tional Cricket In­clu­sion Cham­pi­onships.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to rep­re­sent my coun­try at 17, even more so as the youngest mem­ber of the squad,” Nero said.

His cricket se­lec­tion was the sec­ond time he had been cho­sen to play for Aus­tralia, the first com­ing as a 12year-old in the sport of goal­ball.

“With­out sport, I would not be the per­son I am to­day,” he said.

St­ef­fan Nero.

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