Who says you can’t achieve anything you are determined to achieve? Courage they say, is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. The partially blind South African athlete Carley Lomax proves it all.
Visually impaired Lomax who is a student at the University of Pretoria and an avid athlete with ambitions of representing South Africa at the Paralympics in Rio later this year will today Wednesday April 6th, be graduating with a master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Management.
The happy athlete who seemed to be more fulfilled with her achievement said though she was born blind, she never allowed it to affect her dreams. She related her experiences while a student saying it wasn’t an easy journey but she made it after all.
“For me it was challenging because it takes longer to do research and things like that because I use software and I don’t see things immediately as other people would”she said adding that her most challenge was juggling academic and sporting activities.
” I had to have good time management as I’m very passionate about my sporting activities and academia so I was determined to fit them both in.”
Lomax joined Tuks Athletics to compete in the 100m, 200m, and long jump events while pursuing her academics in 2007. She represented Tuks at numerous University Sports South Africa championships.
She went further to represent South Africa at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) athletics world championships in 2007 and was selected to participate in the 2015 All Africa Games.
In 2013 Lomax was selected as a finalist for the Gauteng Sports Awards in the Female Athlete with a Disability category.
Partially Blind South African athlete is academically sound, she obtained her BSport Science degree in 2011 after which she obtained a BA HMS honours in Recreation and Corporate Wellness in 2012. She then continued with her postgraduate studies and did a MA degree in Recreation and Sport Management which she will be receiving on Wednesday.
She is currently doing a postgraduate certificate in education at the University of Pretoria as she aspires to become a school teacher which she hopefully believes will give her the opportunity combine her sport science and fitness knowledge to assist with the development of sports in local schools.
“You must never give up. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I feel challenges are there to test one’s boundaries and I believe anyone who sets their mind to it can overcome any boundary regardless of what it is.”
Meanwhile, eager to push on with her dream as an athlete, Partially Blind South African athlete, Lomax is currently preparing to qualify for Rio later this year.
“I’m training really hard to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympic games and represent the country. I have had this dream ever since I was young and what inspired it even more was when I was selected to represent South Africa at the IBSA world championships in 2007.
“When I found out that the actual Olympics will be in Rio it really drove me to want to qualify.”