"Surfing in the Dark" tells the story of Matt Formston

Matt always dreamt of becoming a professional surfer, but by the time he was five years old he was almost completely blind. Matt never let that stop him and now he is a record-holding Paralympian and a world champion surfer.

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Illustration from Surfing in the Dark showing a surfing catching a wave and a man wearing a medal

This is the first book in Vision Australia's news series of children's books: Big Visions

The ground-breaking series depicts everyday low vision and blind Australians living well and chasing their dreams. These important new role models are the first step towards changing the kids Vision Australia works with and Australia's expectations of just how much a child with low vision or blindness can achieve.

Vision Australia's ambition is to use these true, unexpected stories of true resilience, true diversity and inclusion with the ambition of together building a kinder and more accepting Australia through the stories we read and tell.

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