MVA Lawyer, Sarah Nicholson has been announced as a 2018 Commonwealth Games, Queen’s Baton Relay baton bearer. We sat down to hear more about where this all began and how the running champion is feeling about this mean feat.
In 2016 MVA Lawyer Sarah Nicholson signed up to Achilles, which is an all-abilities social running club. The mission of the club is to enable people with disabilities to participate in mainstream running events around the world and majority of the Melbourne members are completely blind or vision impaired.
Sarah is now a trained volunteer guide for blind runners and has such a love for running she believes that no one should have to miss out because of a disability.
“I love running and believe that everyone, regardless of ability, should have the opportunity to participate in what they enjoy.”
“For me, it’s about promoting inclusion, breaking those barriers that may exist due to a disability and helping someone achieve their running fitness goals both at training and participation in major running events.”
Sarah’s role as a guide runner is to essentially be the person’s eyes and keep them safe and on pace. She is paired with a blind runner and they are tethered wrist to wrist. Sarah’s job is to call out cues to let them know the safest path to run. This does not only entail direction, speed, obstacles and trip hazards, but also cues for when the surface changes, if there are bollards, stairs, overhanging trees, roads or other runners.
Last month it was announced that Sarah would run in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as a Queen’s Baton Relay baton bearer.
Baton bearers are peer-nominated for achievements and contributions to their community. There’s an initial shortlist, second stage and then the selection panel has the final say on those that best “represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great”.
Sarah was nominated by one of her running friends for her contribution to disability sports, in particular the vision impaired sporting community.
Sarah has been allocated to run on day 47 on Saturday the 10th of February 2018 in St Kilda and is really looking forward to the day.
“I’m super excited to have been selected! I was honestly flattered just to have been nominated; never did I imagine that I would actually be selected.”
“It’s a huge honour, not only to have my volunteer work recognised and to further promote the work that Achilles does, but to just be an average Aussie, selected as worthy to run a relay leg alongside some of our Nation’s sporting greats.”
We are all very proud of you Sarah and wish you all the very best for the day.