Raissa Martin was born and raised in Hervey Bay, and moved to Brisbane to continue her studies.
She describes her vision condition as Rod Monochromatism and has been legally blind since birth.
Raissa has a Bachelor of Business (BBus) from QUT, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Education at UQ.
She also works for Aid for the Blind as a Computer Club Mentor; assisting young people with low or no vision learn essential Computer Keyboard skills.
It may be difficult to believe that there is any such thing, however in her spare time, Raissa coaches Goalball in a voluntary capacity.
Raissa lists her main interests as Goalball, Live music, Hiking, Travel and Coaching.
In May 2015, Raissa was a member of the Australian Women’s Goalball team which came 4th at the IBSA World Games, and the team now has its sights firmly set on qualifying for the Paralympics games.
Raissa is proud that she has been able to gain her own independence. She is grateful to Aid for the Blind to be given a work opportunity, and in her words: “I have discovered that my future is working with kids”.
She sees a very strong future for Aid for the Blind, which has “had a cultural shift which positions it well for the future”.