Height of achieve­ment

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lian Wright

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484600

Ky­ile Forth scaled a 10m wall with other peo­ple who are blind or vi­sion im­paired.

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