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Paralympic duo's winning bond
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Steffan Hughes and Tracy Hisnton will be going for gold in Athens
Steffan and Tracy have got a successful partnership

The Academy met up with blind athlete Tracey Hinton and her guide runner Steffan Hughes to find out what makes their partnership a winning one.

You've got to have complete trust in your guide.

Steffan is the eyes for me during a race so there's a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.

He talks me through a race and tells me where I am on the track. It takes an awful lot of concentration on his part.

Off the track, it's vital you get on because you spend so much time together.

During the Olympics we were with each other, day in day out, for four weeks.

Spending that much time with someone you don't get on with would be a nightmare!

Steff and I train together six days a week, but it doesn't end on the track.

He also comes to pick me up for training and drops me back home again after the session.

He looks out for me a lot and always makes sure I've got everything I need.

I keep on running simply because I enjoy it so much.

As well as training on the track I can rack up around 40 miles on the road each week.

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Tracey's story
Steffan's story

Tracey's facts
Name: Tracey Hinton
Date of Birth: 19 March 1970
Lives: Cardiff
Club: Cardiff AAC
Discipline: 400m/800m

Did you know?
Tracy had won six Paralympic medals with a different guide runner before teaming up with Steffan at the end of 2002
The duo were disqualified in their first international event together when Steffan crossed the line ahead of Tracy.
Just a few months later they clinched two golds at the IBSA World Championships in Canada
Tracy is now the 800m world record holder in her class with a time of 2:17.66

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