Deaf blind and ready to run
Nothing is an obstacle too big for Sahar!
Meet Sahar Bilney who is deaf blind and all set to run her first Twilight 10km
“I’m originally from Israel, but grew up in the States. I have been living here in Australia for over 11 years now.
I’m deaf blind.
I got into running originally in high school, where I was on the school cross country team. I participated in the very popular LA Marathon (back then known as City of Los Angeles Marathon), which is a full marathon, when I was just 14 years old.
My running slowly tapered off and was eventually put on hold after I left high school, due to continuing health issues (some of which are still ongoing to this day), and surgeries.
I got back into running late last year/earlier this year, at parkrun, when I was trying to train for the Commonwealth Games Gold Run.
I was planning on initially only doing parkrun until the Games were done. But as you all well know, plans change, and I’ve been at parkrun ever since!
While trying to train for the Gold Run, I joined the Achilles (Brisbane) group, which is a group that helps to connect volunteer sighted guides with Vision Impaired runners.
Every weekend most of us from the group can be found at various parkrun’s, enjoying the parkrun just like everyone else, with the help of our wonderful volunteer guides.
This year, with the help of my guide, I was able to do Bridge to Brisbane for the first time. This is also my first year at Twilight, and I’m looking forward to it!
Despite my constant ongoing health issues, most of which are neurological/neuromuscular, I try to get out every weekend and do parkrun with my guide, and once in a while, maybe go into a fun run.
Why? Because I love being able to just go out and enjoy the run/walk, do a bit of touring to different parkrun’s once in a while, and I love the excitement atmosphere that can usually be found at fun runs.
I hope you all enjoy your Twilight Bay Run this year, no matter what distance you are entered in! 🙂 Sahar”