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30 August, 2018

Lindy and Guide Dog Comet Braving the Cold for PAWGUST

Lindy in her beanie hugging her Guide Dog Comet

Growing up, Lindy’s dream was to stand on the podium with a Gold Medal around her neck. When Lindy was suddenly diagnosed with a rare eye condition, she was determined to continue to live a full and active life and prove that age and vision loss are no barriers for participation in sports and in life.

Despite being blind since the age of 36, Lindy Hou is now an accomplished Paralympic Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker and an inspiration to all.

“For the month of August, Lindy and I will walk 30 minutes every day to raise funds for Guide Dogs. This will help other puppies to fulfill their dream of helping blind and vision impaired people to live a full and independent life.” Guide Dog Comet

All month, Lindy and Comet have been busy on their feet getting their steps up on the pawdometre. Support Lindy and her Guide Dog Comet for the homestretch through their PAWGUST Fundraiser Page today! https://www.pawgust.com.au/fundraisers/lindyhou

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Lindy's Story

In the 1980s, Lindy was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition and by 1996 she became ‘legally blind’.

During this period, she was forced to give up playing ball sports but through her determination to live life to the fullest she discovered a passion for triathlon, cycling and coaching a variety of sports.

"It's not the challenges we have to face in life, it's how we face those challenges that determine the quality of our life," she said.

Meeting Guide Dog Harper

In 2000, Lindy reached out to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and was assisted by our Orientation and Mobility Specialist to learn about using mobility aids such as the long cane.

Three years later, she received her first Guide Dog, Harper. Harper and Lindy got along right away and through their adventures together, Lindy’s dream of winning gold came true.

In 2004, Lindy competed in the Athens Paralympic Games in tandem biking with her cycling tandem pilot Janelle. Lindy and Janelle become the first Australian females to win Gold at the Athens Paralympic Games and Lindy took home a total of four gold medals.

Lindy and Harper attended many exciting sports and media events together. Sadly, Harper passed away in 2015

Comet the Guide Dog

Meeting Guide Dog Comet

Lindy was then matched with her second Guide Dog, Comet. Together, Lindy and Comet have already shared so many great adventures including the Queen’s Baton Relay earlier this year in Canberra...and now they’re ready for the PAWGUST challenge!