Height of achievement
KYLIE Forth thrives on overcoming a challenge.
The 32-year-old Crawley resident lost her eyes before she was three years old to a form of cancer called retinoblastoma.
When she was nine, cancer returned and she lost her right leg.
Not one to give up, she started sailing in 2004.
More recently, she scaled a 10m wall for the first time in five years at Rockface indoor climbing centre in Northbridge. She joined 15 other people who are blind or vision-impaired on the outing organised by Vision Australia.
“I liked the challenge,” Ms Forth said. “It’s always good to figure out.
“If I get stuck halfway up and think ‘I can’t do it’, it gives me that extra oomph to keep going.
“I prefer to start with the hard ones because then I have the most energy.”
Vision Australia Perth regional business manager Donna Fahie said activities like rock climbing helped build confidence in those whose vision is impaired.
“It also challenges perceptions within the sighted community about what people who are blind or have low vision can be capable of doing,” she said.
Kyile Forth scaled a 10m wall with other people who are blind or vision impaired.