Nicholas Gleeson

Padstow, New South Wales

Blind adventurer and advocate

Nick lost his sight at seven when an automatic supermarket door struck his head, causing a retinal detachment. However, being blind has never held him back. He has raised two children with wife, Heather, who is also blind; climbed Mount Kilimanjaro; reached Everest Base Camp and completed the New York Marathon three times as well as the gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon in Africa.

Now an accessibility advocate and motivational speaker, Nick used his AMP Tomorrow Fund grant to take on another challenge – trekking the Simpson Desert from Poeppel’s Corner to Birdsville. Nick undertook his journey to this remarkable part of outback Australia in July 2015, accompanied by his good friend Vina who flew in from the US. You can read the blog from Nick’s adventure here.

“I’m an ordinary person who has followed my dreams. I hope my trek will inspire Australians of all abilities to do the same.”