In Episode 3 of our ‘Inspiring Insights’ series, we asked Wanda Egerton from Square Dancing to chat with us about her experiences. Thank-you Wanda for sharing your story!
I am 62 years of age.
My eye condition is retinopathy of prematurity. I was born 13 weeks premature and growing up my vision was limited to light perception only. Since the age of 25 I have had no vision. I met my husband, who is also blind, through various programs such as Square Dancing and walking.
Which sport you play and why?
I am the President of the Blind Square Dance group, which involves a combination of sighted and low vision participations. I am also a participate in the walking (Walking with Willpower), blind tennis, blind table tennis and yoga programs.
Experiences you have had through Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria and how our programs have helped you?
All the programs have helped me in different ways.
Square Dancing has kept my mind active and has improved my movement and co-ordination. The walking programs keep me fit and blind tennis hones my listening and co-ordination skills.
“The colouring program has given me the opportunity to be able to colour in between elevated lines – something I never thought I would be able to do.”
Most of all the programs are fun and a good way to meet with other blind and sighted people.
To exercise and keep fit and mix and meet with new people.
What is important to you?
I am competitive but most of all I enjoy mixing with people and learning new skills. These programs give me the chance to do that.
What motivates you?
“My ambitions and my desires and my need to explore and get involved.”