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About Lindy

Lindy Hou OAM: Paralympic Gold Medallist and World Champion


As a small child, Lindy 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 and Harper“Winning those medals in Athens proved to me that any one can, with hard work, dedication and a goal to achieve, fulfil their sweetest dreams.”

Lindy suffers from a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa and began losing her sight in the mid 1980s and is now in 2016 almost totally blind. Thirty 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.

By 1996, Lindy eye sight deteriated to the point that she became ‘legally blind’. 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.

“Australia is the land opportunity and regardless of our backgrounds, we can still represent this country & be the best in the world.”

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.”

After Beijing Paralympic Games, Lindy continued to keep fit through swimming, running, cycling as well as Indoor Rowing. She channelled her energy into fundraising and awareness to champion for people who suffer sight lost like her. Some of her charity events were; rode the tandem from Cairns to Melbourne in 2009; tandem ride from Gold Coast to Sydney in 2011; 50km and 55km Coast Trek walks for the Fred Hollow Foundation in 2012 and 2014.

Lindy participated in many fun runs with the longest being the Melbourne Marathon in 2010. Lindy also competed in numerus triathlons alongside Age Group athletes as well as Paratriathletes. Her two highlights were, 2013 ITU World Triathlon Championships in London and the 2015 World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide.

Lindy likes to live life to the fullest and see age and disability are no barrier for participation in sports and in life.

Lindy is now almost completely blind and has Comet, her second Guide Dog since November 2015. Harper was her first Guide Dog when they teamed up together in October 2003. Sadly, Harper passed away in June 2015. Their 12 years partnership were full of excitements and adventures. You can read more about Comet and Harper’s under the Guide Dogs tab.

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.

Despite being blind, Paralympic Gold Medallist Lindy Hou knows how to turn dreams into reality.

She believes she is a very fortunate person and through her speaking presentations Lindy inspires, and empowers her audiences to achieve their own personal best.

With her infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude to life, Lindy knows how to make the most of her life and proves again and again that challenges are just stepping stones to success.