Vision impairment no barrier to national selection for Notre Dame student

Steffan Nero
Steffan Nero

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 Cricket Australia 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.

“To be selected as wicketkeeper against international cricket heavyweights such as Pakistan and South Africa was just a dream come true.”

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

Nero said his goal was to change perceptions and show people the importance of Paralympic sport to the people who played them.

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

“Through sport, I have found people whom I can count on for support and guidance.”

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