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Run a Muck participant Alishia Anderson on her treadmill. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407094
Run a Muck participant Alishia Anderson on her treadmill. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d407094

It is the second year the adventurous 26-year-old will take part in the event.

Ms Anderson was born with Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a condition that means she has been vision impaired since birth, seeing only darkness and light.

Participating in a military-style obstacle course along with her carer, Ms Anderson will have to jump hurdles, run through billabongs and river crossings, as well as constructed tyre runs, balance beams, cargo nets, slip and slides, bouncy castles, ball pits and wade through mud-filled pits.

She said was excited to take part in the event again as she enjoyed getting out and about and trying new activities, listing cycling and competitions as two of her favourite things to do.

‘I like to be active and proving people wrong,’ she said.

‘I’ve been told I can’t do so many different things and I just go out there and do it.’

As part of her training for the obstacle course, Ms Anderson works out regularly with her carer and exercises with mum Debbie.

The two are learning to paddle a canoe and will next month take part in walking part of the Bibbulmun Track.

‘The thing that annoys me is that people think because I can’t see I can’t do things that others can do, but that’s not true,’ she said.

‘I enjoy dancing, working out, training and my job as a processing officer for the Department of Commerce.

‘I have completed my certificate one, two and three in business and right now am completing my certificate three for a second time to learn a new software program.’

‘You can do anything if you really want to, nothing is impossible.’

Sticking to her mantra Ms Anderson has also been part of the Young Adventures Club, ridden her bike from Guildford to Mandurah, completed a half iron man event and taken part in the 120km HBF Ride.

She is hoping to compete in the Track Nationals at some stage and is seeking a front rider for her tandem bike riding.

– Anyone interested in helping out or taking part, should phone 0423 154 202 or email alishia@bigpond.net.au