Lindy Hou, as a small child, dreamed of standing on the podium with a Gold medal around her neck. In 2004 at the Athens Paralympic Games that dream became a reality when she won a gold, two silver, and one bronze medal.
Lindy suffers from a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa and began losing her sight in the mid 1980s and is now in 2014 almost totally blind. Twenty-five years ago as her sight began failing, she was forced to give up playing ball sports and decided that as an alternative, she would participate in the sport of triathlon –which she did for many years. During the early 1990s, despite her failing eye sight, Lindy represented Australia twice in the World Triathlon Championship for her age group.
During that time, Lindy was also very involved in coaching, working with a variety of sports including: Softball, Triathlon, Athletics, Cycling and Strength & Conditioning.
For many people losing their sight would have meant the end of being involved; not so for Lindy. In 1999 she rediscovered the joy of cycling, this time on a tandem bike. When Lindy very narrowly missed selection for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Team the disappointment made her determined to be a member of the Australian team for the 2004 Games in Greece.
The Athens Paralympic Games were a triumph for Lindy. Not only did she make the 2004 Athens Team with pilots Janelle Lindsay and Toireasa Gallagher, but she and Janelle had the honour of being the first Australian females to win Gold at the Athens Paralympic Games. She came home with a total of four medals. During these Games, Lindy and Janelle set The World Women’s 200m Fly record of 11.675 seconds.
Exactly one year later, on the 19th September 2005, Lindy and her pilot Toireasa Gallagher set the One Hour World Women’s Tandem record of 42.93km at the Sydney Dunc Gray Velodrome.
Lindy held the shortest and the longest world records recognised by the Union of Cycling International (UCI), the governing body for world cycling!
Another year later, in September 2006, Lindy finally won her first Rainbow Jersey (the world championship jersey) with her pilot Toireasa Gallagher when they won two Gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships.
At the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, Lindy continued to win cycling medals for Australia with Toireasa by winning a silver and bronze medal.
“To be able to wear the Australian uniform and stand on the podium in Beijing, the land of my ancestors is the essence of what being an Aussie is all about.”
Since Lindy’s retirement from the Paralympic Cycling, she continued to keep fit through cycling and running. In the last five years, she completed many charity bike rides included a ride from Cairns to Melbourne. She finished the Melbourne marathon. She also competed in many triathlons. Recently, she represented Australia at the World Paratriathlon Championships in London.
Lindy is now almost completely blind and has her Guide Dog Harper for the last 10 years.
Prior to losing her sight Lindy worked for fifteen years in the Information Technology industry and for the last ten years of her professional career worked as a consultant to many major corporations dealing with their accounting systems. Lindy gained extensive and valuable knowledge of the corporate environment and became very familiar with the type of stress and challenges professional workers and managers deal with.
Lindy’s life journey, both challenging and rewarding, has made her the person she is today. Lindy is now able to share her journey to empower people to achieve their own personal best.