My Impact

Image shows: Mick complete the Cairns Ironman competition

 Meet Mick 

Mick Schuddinh, 68-year-old para-triathlete isn’t the type to stop an activity when an obstacle comes his way. 

In 2007, Mick was diagnosed with the hereditary eye condition retinitis pigmentosa and losing the majority of his sight, Mick had to adapt. Retiring from his job as a financial advisor, he retrained to help others. As a remedial masseuse, Mick runs his own business and has time for a triathlon or two. 

“Exercise keeps you positive, It’s a wonderful thing, the endorphins that you get from exercise are so invigorating and uplifting.” 

The right attitude was something Mick has worked towards after seeing others go down dark paths. 

“My father didn’t accept it, his eyesight condition, and he became an angry person, and in that way chased away a number of people who would be happy to help him.” 

Finding the right help to both keep his independence, but also continue to do the things he loved was key for Mick. 

“I’ve got numerous members of our triathlon club offering to take me for our runs or do some ocean swimming which we do tethered,” he said. 

With the help of Vision Australia he got a tandem bike so he could complete the course safely with the help of a ‘pilot’ or guide. 

“It just comes down to attitude in life, on how to approach things and deal with challenges.” 

 “That’s what life offers you when you get out and do things.” 

For Mick, the best piece of advice for those losing their eyesight is to adapt and stay positive. Seek out help, and don’t be afraid to alter your hobbies and activities to be more accessible.  

Mick took on Choose Your Path in April to run 111.85 kilometres and raised an incredible $1,172 to help empower more people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.

With zero vision in his left eye and just 10% in his right eye, together with his sighted guide Kellie, Mick is enjoying running and is such an inspiration.