WORLD'S FASTEST MAN ON A MOTORCYCLE BLINDFOLDED
Diagnosed with a degenerative eye-condition called 'Retinitis Pigmentosa' following a motocross accident at the age of 15, Ben Felten didn’t allow his blindness to define his future.
Employment is important for everybody, but particularly important for a person with disability. It's a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.
- Ben Felten
Having featured on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunday Night: True Stories’ documentary series, Channel Ten’s ‘RPM’ and countless other Moto GP interviews and demonstrations, Ben is no stranger to the spotlight and recently visited Help Employment & Training to share his story.
After receiving his diagnosis at a young age, Ben talked to us about going through a period of denial and depression before permanently losing his sight by his late 20's. In coming to terms with his condition, Ben decided he could make a real difference for other people with disability and went on to set up the Nepean Blind Sports Club, establish the Penrith Lakes ‘Sailability’ and became the coordinator of the Western Sydney NSW Sports Council for the Disabled.
Outside of his advocacy work for disability inclusion, Ben has also excelled personally in a range of sports, having won multiple world rowing championships with Australia before going on to play in the cricket World Cup and Ashes Tours with the Australian Blind Cricket Team. Following his sporting achievements, Ben wanted to revisit his passion for motorcycle racing. After five dedicated years, Ben achieved the Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on a motorcycle ridden blindfolded in March of 2018, with an average speed of 272.986km/h.
Be tenacious, have the support of the right people around you. Then you can achieve anything you want to in your life, you can virtually achieve anything if you’re willing to work hard enough for it.
- Ben Felten
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