Quick Facts

Lower leg limb loss
How acquired
Farm accident
Date of Birth
August 10, 1994
Griffith, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Sam Cawthorne (Australian motivational speaker)


Originally from South Africa, Joany Badenhorst was involved in a severe tractor accident in 2005. While playing with a group of friends on her parents’ farm, a group of labourers were busy with a tractor, clearing firebreaks. Joany’s pants were caught in the power take-off shaft of the tractor, amputating her left leg below the knee. Unbelievably, the man driving the tractor died in the same vehicle one month later due to a bushfire.

Prior to the accident, Joany was already a successful athlete and had won provincial colours in high jump and modern dance. Since moving to Australia and basing herself in Griffith, Joany was first identified as a track and field athlete with serious potential and she set her sights on the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

However, after just missing out on selection for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team, she was approached by the Australian Paralympic Committee to transfer to its new Para-snowboard program ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

With Para-snowboarding making its debut on the Paralympic program for the first time in 2014, Joany is the first female from Australia to compete in the sport on the world’s biggest stage.

Away from the snow fields, Joany is also exceptionally talented at painting. She specialises in sketching portraits and city scapes, offering her a getaway from the hectic nature of life as a Paralympic athlete. Her favourite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean and she is known to enjoy episodes of television series’ Modern Family and Big Bang Theory.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Para-snowboarding cross Classification: SB-LL