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  • Friends For Life 2012 - Lora & Libby

  • Lora and Libby - Support Dog of a Paralympic Hopeful

    Lora was born with a hereditary sight-loss condition, which also affects her mother and two brothers. But losing her sight by the age of five has not affected Lora's determination, and she is currently in training for a cycling place in the London 2012 Paralympic games.

    She is accompanied at all times by her faithful friend and guide dog, Libby, a black Labrador Retriever.

    From the moment they met, Libby has rarely left Lora's side, attending training sessions - where she sits on the track - or waiting for her in the changing rooms if she is out on the road. She even gave Lora the confidence to move away from home to go and study physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham.

    Lora says: "Libby is amazing. The first day we met she bounded out of the back of the training van and jumped up to see me, tail wagging -- it was as though she knew she was meant to be with me.

    "My training schedule at the moment is really busy, and Libby puts in just as many hours as I do, but never complains! Just finding my way to the velodrome without Libby can be a draining experience as all my concentration has to go into navigating my way there safely. When I'm with Libby I don't need to worry about any of that which means I can focus all my efforts into my cycling. Any medals I win in 2012 I will be sharing with her!"

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