Hi everyone, my name is Meica! As a child, I played all types of sport, mostly with able-bodied athletes, and my biggest dream was to compete at the Olympics. I was always a very sporty child but being born with an Ocular Containous Albinism (vision impairment) I struggled to play sport outside due to the sun. It wasn’t until high school where I was introduced to Goalball, that I even considered the Paralympics.
I had quite a hard time in high school. I often rebelled due to constant bullying and did everything I could to get out of school and sport. However, when a high school friend asked me to come along to Goalball, I quickly found where I belonged.
My international debut didn’t start like most others. Goalball in Australia wasn’t very competitive at the time and the Aussie team only consisted of three players. So after only a few short months of playing, I made my Australian debut at the Malmo Lady’s Intercup in Malmo, Sweden in 2004. After competing at this competition I felt that I wasn’t up to the standard required to be great, but knew I wanted to be one of the best players in this sport. So I pushed myself to work super hard to get to where I wanted to be.
I have now been playing internationally for 16 years and still love it as much as I did when I first wore the green and gold. On a national levelI have now competed in many state championships and 12 national championships. I have also competed in many international events including Trans Tasmin, regional championships, IBSA World Games, four world championships and two Paralympic games.
In 2015 I was named highest goal scorer at the Asia Oceania Championships and in July 2019 I will head to Fort Wayne Indiana to compete in the 2019 IBSA World Games with the hopes to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This is the second of three qualifying chances for this event with the last being the Asia Oceania regional championships held in Chiba Japan, December 2019. This will be my last Paralympic campaign and I hope to go out with a bang. Not only do I wish to qualify for Tokyo but I would love a medal once I get there.
Thank you for your continuous support!