Nick Gleeson is an adventurer, sportsman, advocate, academic and public speaker. He was formerly the Community Development Officer of Vision Australia in Sydney, where as well as his primary role of conducting staff training programs, he ran the Speaker’s Network – a group of volunteer public speakers who educate the public on blindness and Vision Australia services. Nick currently runs his own consultancy, staff training and motivational spaker business.
Nick has represented Australia in athletics, goal ball and cricket, and in 1984 he represented Australia in the Paralympic Games in New York.
In 2000 Nick competed in the gruelling 90km Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa, and soon after became the first blind Australian, to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa. He has competed in the New York Marathon twice, carried the Olympic Torch and raced up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building.
Nick was named Australia Day Ambassador for the City of Fairfield, NSW in 2011.