Meet Lyse Veilleux and Stephanie Carrasco, both part of the Association des Sports pour Aveugles du Montréal Métropolitain (ASAMM), during their practice of outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, running and walking at Michel-Chartrand park in Longueil on February 26th, 2020.
At the age of 27 years old, Lyse gradually lost sight because of a genetic condition leading to blindness called retinitis pigmentosa. Now 63, she joined the association 2 years ago to discover new activities and meet new people.
Always physically active, Lyse had never done snowshoeing before due to the many obstacles that blindness adds to one’s everyday life. Indeed, the simplest activities such as walking in a park become very complex due to the loss of visual cues.
Lyse believes that we all need to trust more. Even though she has always trusted people very easily, she highlights that you need confidence in yourself in order to trust others and she laughs about the so-called “blind trust” that is essential to live life to the fullest.
Stephanie, on the other hand, has been volunteering at the organization for approximately 6 years. Being part of the ASAMM community strengthened her love for sports. She highlights that one of the main benefits of a physical activity is that it enhances one’s capacities and confidence.
During the winter, most of the sports offered by the organization consist in walking, running, snowshoeing, and skiing, whereas the summer season offers activities such as swimming, running and biking.