Link June 2017 Vol 26 Issue 3 - Page 18

people shredding the scene for australia Joany Badenhorst is an Australian para-athlete with incredible ability, currently ranked the World Number One in Snowboard Cross for LL-2 Women. The South African-born 22-year- old moved to Australia in 2009, following a farm accident in 2005 that resulted in her becoming a lower limb amputee. “The accident was incredibly traumatic,” Joany told Link Magazine, “it left ten-year- old me with a lot of questions, responsibilities, and decisions. “I came out of it the way I did “The sports of snowboarding because of the type of family I had and track training are similar on a supporting me; amazing doesn’t physical fitness level,” she said. do justice to who my parents are and how they raised me. “However, the skills required specifically for snowboarding “I have a number of spectacular couldn’t be more different; people in my life, strong women snowboarding encompasses like my mother who forged a way endurance, strength, explosive high heels, squatting and doing forward for me in my sport, in power and technical racing.” high kicks, all to prove to him that society, and in everyday life.” I was not a hazard to myself, or In an odd twist, it wasn’t until Joany was trialling a high-heeled as a snowboarder, with early prosthetic leg, for her Year 12 “While I was making a fool of efforts as a para-athlete being Formal, that the winter sport myself, the Australian Paralympic funnelled into track and field. became an option. Snowboard coach was watching, She’d been identified as a track 16 anyone else. Joany didn’t initially see herself while one of this other athletes was and field athlete with Paralympic “I had to convince my prosthetist potential, and narrowly missed that I was capable of managing out on selection for the London the high-heeled prosthetic leg, so “The coach called me a couple of Paralympic Games. I was running around the clinic in days later and said; ‘you are female people being treated. linkonline.com.au