Having low vision didn’t stop Hannah Josephson from competing in the 2016 Tough Guy and Gal Challenge against 2000 Aucklanders.

It was a frosty morning on 2 July when Hannah took on the grueling course at Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre.

The course included climbing nets, crawling under barb wire and crossing swamps, all through plenty of mud!

This wasn’t Hannah’s first time competing, she’s completed the 6 kilometre challenge before.

“I wanted to push myself and do something people don’t expect a blind or low vision person to do. I enjoyed it last year and decided to do it again. It was a lot of fun, especially tackling the different obstacles” she says.

Hannah, a regular gym goer, found the training fit with her routine. She attends the weekly activ8 class at the Blind Foundation gym in Parnell. The class builds on strength and cardiovascular fitness. This training helped her build strength in her upper body and legs for the race.

Hannah can’t wait to take on the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge again next year. She would recommend others join her.

“It’s a fun day out, full of great challenges. If you’re up to it, give it a go and see how far you can push yourself!”