Live Twitter Q&A with Paralympian Victoria Nolan on Thursday, May 26 from 1-2pm ET


World champion rower Victoria Nolan is currently training to qualify for the Canadian Paralympics team in Rio. As part of Vision Health Month, she’ll be hosting a live Twitter Q&A on Thursday, May 26 from 1-2pm ET. 

Tweet your questions to @CNIB or @blindrower using the hashtags #VisionHealthMonth2016 #AMA. 

“Feel free to Ask Me Anything about being an athlete who is blind.  All questions are welcome!” says Victoria. 

About Victoria Nolan

Victoria is a rower for Canada's National Adaptive Rowing Team. Victoria won bronze in last year’s world championships in France, and silver in 2011 in Slovenia. In 2010, she and her crew (LTA 4+) won gold at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand. She competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, as well as the World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland (2009). The LTA 4+ crew won bronze, with Victoria Nolan in the stroke seat in Munich, 2007.  In 2010, Victoria and her teammate from the Paralympics, Meagan Montgomery, won gold in the women's pair event at the world masters rowing championships in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.

Victoria also teaches Special Education students (Grades 2 to 6) at Toronto’s Gledhill Public School. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at 18, she went on to obtain a Master's in Child Study and Education and became a teacher in 1999. She has faced many challenges because of her RP, but it has never deterred her from succeeding in her career ― or at the Paralympics.  Victoria has only about three per cent vision, and none peripherally.  She uses simple accommodation techniques as a teacher including a closed circuit television to enlarge printed materials so she can read them.

Her students find a positive role model in Nolan. “I think my impairment helps them. They see that if I can overcome my problems, and so can they,” she says.

They also respond positively to Nolan’s dog, Alan. “I’m one of the few legally blind teachers in the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), and I think the only one with a guide dog,” she says. “When he’s out of his harness they’re allowed to pet him and brush him in class, which they take turns doing.”

About CNIB

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