Blind 11-year-old can't wait to compete in Olympics

Louvaro Kerwin is legally blind but that does not stop her from being a great athlete.Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury
Louvaro Kerwin is legally blind but that does not stop her from being a great athlete.Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury

ATHLETICS: Louvaro Kerwin might be legally blind but it's not something she really thinks about.

The talented 11-year-old has been breaking personal bests and age records in athletics, since taking up the sport at the beginning of last year.

She competed at the national titles in Canberra late last year, winning gold in her favourite event, the 100m sprint.

Her mum, Charmaine, said Louvaro had no peripheral or night vision. She was diagnosed with degeneration of her retinitis pigmentosa, which was the breakdown of her photoreceptor cells in the retina.

When she runs in state or national events, she runs as a T12 para-athlete.

"I'm fine with it all because I don't really know the difference," Louvaro said.

Becoming an Olympian is the dream for Louvaro.

Charmaine said she was very proud of her daughter.

"She always gives it her best whenever we go to a competition," she said.

"She always seems like she doesn't want to be there but then all of a sudden she'll just break a record.

"She's very competitive."

Louvaro agreed. "When I don't get a personal best I get upset," she said. "I don't like losing either."

The next event for Louvaro is the Cumberland trials - which is a sub-district Mackay schools event next week.

From that, there will be Capricornia trials, states and Louvaro's main goal, nationals.

Charmaine said at state and national events, all the para-athletes competed together, but in school and little athletics she competed with everybody.

The young girl, known as Lulu, was in the news earlier this year, after ticking off one of her bucket list items when she went skydiving over Mackay.

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