Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Left below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Farming accident
Date of Birth
August 10, 1994
Griffith, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Sochi 2014


Her parents and Stephanie Prem

Career Highlights

Being Australia’s first female representative in Para-snowboard

Greatest Moment

Winning the 2016/17 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe in Snowboard Cross


Hailing from Harrismith, South Africa, Joany Badenhorst was involved in a severe tractor accident while playing on her parents’ farm in 2005. A group of labourers were busy clearing firebreaks and, offering her help, Joany caught her pants in the power take-off shaft of the tractor, amputating her left leg below the knee.

Before the accident, Joany was already a successful athlete and had won provincial colours in high jump and modern dance, but when she moved to Australia in 2009, it did not take her long to establish herself as a track and field athlete with serious Paralympic potential.

After just missing selection for London 2012, Joany was approached by the APC to transfer to Para-snowboard, and in 2014, she was set to make history as Australia’s first female athlete to compete in Para- snowboard at the Paralympic Games.

Shockingly, just hours before her first race, Joany crashed on a final training run, breaking her patella, dislocating her knee and collapsing her hip.

The crash only strengthened her resolve and in 2015, Joany strung together two career-best performances to earn back-to- back silver medals at the 2014/15 IPC World Cup events in Aspen, USA and Big White, Canada.

At the 2016/17 World Para World Cup Finals, Joany recovered from a crash in  the qualifying rounds of the Women’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 to set up a finals showdown with Paralympic gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee. Incredibly, her second place was enough to secure the World Cup Crystal Globe.

Joany’s excellent form continued into the 2017/18 season. Her dominance was underlined at the IPC World Cup Finals when she secured two Crystal Globes – for the most points won in the banked slalom and for the most points won overall during the season.

A talented painter, Joany specialises in sketching portraits and cityscapes, and in her spare time, she enjoys drinking tea and watching Schitt’s Creek. Down the track, she would like to pursue a career in cosmetic prosthetics.

In PyeongChang, Joany will serve as Australian Paralympic Winter Team co- captain alongside Para-alpine skier Mitchell Gourley. Joany was appointed to the role in October 2017.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboard Disciplines: Banked Slalom Classification: SB-LL2
  • Sport: Snowboard Disciplines: Snowboard Cross Classification: SB-LL2