Kaye Kay-Smith with her guide dog
Kaye Kay-Smith with her guide dog

Not one to shy away from a challenge, the first person to sign up for the Blind Foundation Skydive is Kaye Kay-Smith from the Kapiti Coast.

She’s taken on the challenge of raising at least $800 for the vital vision rehabilitation services that the Blind Foundation provides and in return, she will get a tandem skydive on Saturday 1 December.

Kay-Smith, 59, can see light and dark but not much else and has been low vision from birth. She has first-hand experience with the Blind Foundation services.

“I’m a guide dog user, I use the Blind Foundation library, and I have been involved with different recreation activities over the years. I wanted to do this to give back so that the Blind Foundation can provide even better services to more people.”

Being low vision hasn’t stopped her putting her hand up to try new things that would challenge most Kiwis.

Among her many sporting achievements, she represented New Zealand at the Paralympics in 1980.

She won gold in the pentathlon at the games in Holland.

“There was nothing quite like standing on that podium and hearing your country’s national anthem. It was a pretty special experience.”

More recently, she is about to tour Australia with the Blind Cricket New Zealand A team in November and is involved with many other sport clubs.

Kaye is challenging others to jump out of their comfort zone and join her for this exciting new event.

“My palms get sweaty when I think of the free fall, but just don’t think about it too much and just do it.”

Skydiving at Taupō

How does it work?
Register to take part, raise $800 for the Blind Foundation to qualify for a tandem skydive, then choose from five beautiful locations nationwide to make your jump count.

Skydivers can choose from – Auckland, Taupō, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Register before Monday 8 October and get a special early-bird registration discount of $35 (usually $55).

Find out more about the event and register here
Call 0800 120 254 or email jump@blindfoundation.org.nz and the team will be happy to help.