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30 January, 2018

Paralympic Gold Medallist Lindy Hou carries Queen’s Baton

Lindy sitting on the grass next to her Guide Dog, Comet, and holding a puppy
Photo Credit: Fairfax

Paralympic Gold Medallist and World Champion in cycling, Lindy Hou OAM, with Guide Dog, Comet participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay on Thursday 25 January in Canberra. 

Lindy was also accompanied by her cycling tandem pilot and Olympic rower, Kerry Knowler. 

The Queen’s Baton Relay is being held in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland this April. Lindy joins thousands of Australians, nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, who will share the dream and carry the Queen’s Baton with pride.

Lindy said she loved the opportunity to be a part of the relay, and show that her vision impairment has not impacted on her leading an active and independent life. 

"I still need special aids to do that but I can still manage to carry the baton and manage to cover the distance," Lindy said.

"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.

Lindy was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in the 1980s and progressively began to lose her sight. In 2000, she learnt about the free services offered by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and was assisted by an Orientation and Mobility Specialist in learning how to use mobility aids such as the long cane. Three years later, she receieved her first Guide Dog.

"Receiving a Guide Dog gave me independence and freedom and allowed me to feel secure when walking,” she said.

It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog.

All Guide Dogs NSW/ACT services are provided at no cost to clients.