Meeting Melinda

Cochlear Implant Triathlete
Melinda Vernon

My name is Melinda Vernon, and my Cochlear™ Implant has been my right ear’s best friend for 20 plus years and I don’t think they will be parting anytime soon!

This post will be the first of many posts to come, where I can share experiences of life with a Cochlear Implant, and tips/ advice that I can impart to fellow implantees or those interested in being an implantee sometime down the track. I hope these future posts will enable some feedback, discussion, identification of similar experiences , inspire, motivate or provide some fun entertainment 😉

Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself before I get to some serious experience-sharing business!

I have been involved in sport all my life – the competitiveness and physicality of it – is just in my blood! I was previously a distance runner for the past 12 years representing Australia at the past 2 Deaflympics for the 5000m/ 10,000m double, being a current world record holder for the respective events, competed at many mainstream World Championship Cross Country events. But my most noted running achievement to date was winning the 2009 Sydney City2Surf. I switched to triathlon 2 years ago and have not looked back, rising in the international rankings from 300 and something to going within the top 100 by the end of the 2014!


I have intentions to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and have recently been earmarked as a potential Olympic hopeful, being named in the Australian Shadow Olympic squad. The next year will be a tactical one – training and planning specifically for the races and having great performances, could put me in a prime position to be selected for the team. On the side, I have an Occupational Therapy degree, and have worked on and off over the past few years, but professional triathlon has been my main focus especially in the lead up to the Olympic year.

I hope you will follow me on my journey to get to Rio, as well as joining me on my experience-sharing posts regarding life with a Cochlear Implant.

My next post will follow soon! Check back soon 🙂

4 thoughts on “Meeting Melinda

  1. You truly are an inspiration. Keep working hard to achieve your goal of being selected for the Olympics. I will follow your progress with much interest as I love being active too. my son also has had a cochlear implant since 1994 and loved being involved in all sports. He participated in the last deaf games at Geelong and loved it.
    All the best Elyse

  2. Thank you for sharing Elyse. Look forward to your comments as we get closer to the Olympics!
    Wonderful to hear about your son, good on him 🙂

  3. Congratulations Melinda! You have always been an inspiraton to everyone around you. You have always strived to do your best. Nothing has ever stopped you giving your all. It has been great watching you grow from a little baby to wonderful young woman. We are all very proud of what you have achieved in your life. We can’t wait to see what you achieve next!!!
    Good Luck from The whole Lee Family
    your old neighbours xxx

  4. thanks for posting Melinda our 3 year old grand daughter has both cochlears fitted so when she gets older she can look up to you and see any thing is possible

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