Join adventurer, sportsman and author, Nick Gleeson, in conversation about his inspirational life.
With his seeing eye dog Unity, Nick talks about his book The Many Ways of Seeing, his adventures and determination to follow his passion.
Nick is Liverpool's Australia Day Ambassador for 2020.
Friday 24 January
Liverpool City Library
Bookings required through Eventbrite.
Copies of The Many Ways of Seeing will be available for sale following the event.
Nick Gleeson was born in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows in the 1960s, back when a cricket bat was a piece of wood borrowed from a fence. Nick’s life changed forever at age seven when an electronic swinging supermarket door hit him on the side of his head, causing a retinal detachment.
The youngest of seven, Nick experienced a lot of love and loss in his early years. His brother Maurice also became blind at the age of 13 while another, Russell, died at age 23.
He attended a boarding school for children who were blind and was one of the first of his peers to finish Year 12. Nick went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University – no mean feat considering the difficulty a person who is blind faced in accessing information back then.
Despite his academic achievements, Nick’s great passion has always been sport and adventure. He has represented Australia in athletics on three occasions, racing in America, England and Hong Kong. He also played blind cricket (much like the traditional game, but using an audible ball) for almost 20 seasons, representing Victoria, New South Wales and Australia.