Hear women across Victoria who are blind or have low vision explain the world of fitness through their eyes.
This Girl Can – Victoria is a six-part Vision Australia Radio audio series, which shares a range of perspectives from women who have found their preferred method for getting active and involved in their community.
While many of us know that exercising is important for our physical and mental health, that doesn’t change the fact that half of us aren’t getting enough exercise each week.
From accessibility issues and wins, to challenging yourself to a blind sport or jumping onto the yoga bandwagon, there’s something for everyone in this podcast series.
If you like what you hear, please share the audio series with your friends and family. The series can also be accessed via a number of podcast platforms including but not limited to Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Find out more about This Girl Can on the VicHealth website.
Episode 1: Emma and Sarah on Vision Australia's Quality Living Groups
Vision Australia Quality Living Group Coordinator Sarah Evans joins group participant Emma Vardy to discuss the purpose of the recreational groups and how social interaction can lead to an increase in physical activity.
Learn more about Vision Australia's Quality Living Groups
Episode 2: Blind Sports Victoria Ambassador Phoebe Jane
Blind Sports Victoria Ambassador Phoebe Jane shares her personal journey in getting active and how she came to getting involved in blind tennis competitions.
Phoebe has also tried blind table tennis, blind ice skating and Muay Thai. Not bad for someone who never saw herself playing sports!
Learn more about Blind Sports Victoria
Episode 3: Julie Scott on Blind Yoga and Boxing
Julie Scott shares her fitness journey, from low contact yoga classes that are tailored to people living with blindness or low vision to her other love boxing!
Julie also shares how she navigates work life balance and why it's important to prioritise physical activity.
Episode 4: Brooke Carter, President of Victorian Goalball Association
Brooke Carter, President of the Victorian Goalball Association describes Goalball, its origin story why it's such an inclusive sport.
Brooke shares suggestions on how to get active and how to find a sport that suits your individual needs.
Learn more about Victorian Goalball and how to get involved
Episode 5: Tess Whelan on the social aspects of sport
Although sport was never really on Tess' agenda, she eventuated to having an all round love of many sports and has now participated in Goalball, Cricket, Netball and Rowing.
Tess shares tips on getting active and approaching sporting clubs you feel you may like to be involved in.
Learn more about Goalball and Blind Cricket
Episode 6: Tahlia Blanshard on the launch and success of the ParaMatilda's
Tahlia Blanshard is a member of the ParaMatildas, Australia's national football team for women and girls with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or stroke. Tahlia share's her love of football and her take on the development of the sport and their recent successes.
Tahlia's story is an example of taking an interest to a professional level.
Learn more about the ParaMatildas