Amazing Race Canada’s Lowell Taylor hopes to be inspiration

Alberta man first legally blind competitor on Canadian or U.S. version of Amazing Race.

It’s never easy to see the finish line on The Amazing Race Canada. This season, however, one competitor is attempting to run the race blind.

Lowell Taylor, a 34-year-old psychologist from Lethbridge, Alta., is the first legally blind contestant on either the Canadian or American version of The Amazing Race. He and his wife Julie, a 33-year-old speech and language pathologist, are sitting in the seventh spot heading into week four of the show’s fourth season, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV.

Lowell is coping with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that has left him with no peripheral vision, reduced central vision and night blindness.

His central vision has narrowed to within a 15 per cent range.

“When I look at your eye I don’t see your mouth,” he says.

Lowell has had to adjust to decreasing vision all his life. His hero is his grandfather, who lost his sight at age 40 and continued to farm until he was 80.