SSI Ambassador wins gold at the 2015 ParaDuathlon World Championships
in Retinal dystrophies, Fundraising, History and People, News
4 Nov 2015
Save Sight Institute is proud of its Ambassador, Jonathan Goerlach, who is proving everyday that blindness is no barrier to achieving greatness.
Jonathan has Usher Syndrome, affecting both his vision and his hearing. He represents Australia in the paratriathlon and paraduathlon.
Diagnosed as a teenager, Jonathan struggled to adapt to his new situation for several years before embarking on a personal journey which has helped him to discover a strength and courage he never knew he had.
Jonathan is a role model for young people affected by blinding disorders of the eye.
“It’s been quite a journey for me” said Jonathan to an audience of teenagers at Save Sight Institute’s information day this year “and has involved huge highs and lows. Many lows as I struggled to come to grips with an unknown future. I didn’t know back then what I know now… which is that the only thing which can hold me back is me.”
Jonathan competed in the men’s PT5 in the Paraduatholon in Adelaide last month, (with guide Jack Bigmore), grabbing the gold in a close fought race with Amaud Grandjean (France) with Daniel Searle (also from Australia) picking up the bronze.