17.01.2012

Nearly-blind man becomes powerlifting champion

Nearly-blind man becomes powerlifting champion

By Alexa Kaczka

A man who is almost blind has proven that the loss of his vision is not holding him back by becoming a champion powerlifter.

Lepeka Nanai, from Attwood in Australia, was left with severely impaired vision after an accident at work involving corrosive chemicals in 2003, a condition compounded when he was assaulted the following year and was left with just three per cent eyesight in his left eye, the Hume Weekly reported.

However, he refused to let his vision problems weigh him down and soon devoted himself to powerlifting, quickly becoming one of the best athletes in his region.

After plenty of hard work, he won a silver medal at the Commonwealth powerlifting championships in Bournemouth, England, and is now targeting breaking three vision-impaired world records at the Australian national blind powerlifting championships, which take place in March.

Mr Nanai told the news provider that it is difficult being almost blind but that he takes his frustration out on weights.

"Whoever is going through some challenges, whatever the challenge, I think once you put your mind into something no matter how tough it is, you can do it. Don't let your disability come in the way of your ability," he added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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