An Inspiring Usher Kid
18 year old Samira has Usher syndrome Type I but that hasn't stopped her from completing in the sports she loves. She has had another successful season competing in para-athletics. Samira holds both a deaf classification and a vision impaired classification but mainly competes under Vision T/F 13 because it means she can keep her cochlear implants on. Unfortunately there is no para classification for Deafblind.
At the start of the 2018/19 season Samira received a Blues Award from her school sports region which are awarded to students across a range of sports who have had outstanding achievements across the year. She went on to compete at the State Combined High Schools Athletics gaining Silver medals in para shot put and Javelin, then the NSW All Schools Athletics Carnival coming 3rd in para shot put. Samira we on to compete at the NSW and Australian Junior Athletics Championship ending up with two Bronze medals in shot put and javelin, as well as setting a new Australian U20 record for Javelin.
Samira competes and trains with the Campbelltown Collegiate’s Athletics Club and her coach Ben Towers also has a mild hearing loss and met Samira at the Adelaide Australian Deaf Games. He has been great at adapting his coaching strategies to meet Samira’s challenges with vision, hearing and balance. She also had the opportunity of being in the NSW Athletics Target Talent Program in 2018 and is in the South West Sydney Sports Academy Lone Star Program.
When she's not winning medals on the athletics track, Samira enjoys dancing, plays the piano and loves making short films.
Congratulations on all your success, Samira!
Pictured below is Samira with her 2019 Australian Junior Athletics Championships Bronze medals for Para Shot Put and Javelin (left) and receiving a Bronze medal at the 2019 NSW Junior Athletics Championships (right)