Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left below-knee limb loss
Sport
Snowboarding
How acquired
Farming accident
Date of Birth
August 10, 1994
Home
Griffith, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2014
First Competed for Australia
2014
Games Experience

Sochi 2014

Heroes

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

Bio

Originally from South Africa, Joany Badenhorst was involved in a severe tractor accident in 2005. While playing on her parents’ farm with her friends, a group of labourers were busy clearing firebreaks. Offering her help, Joany caught her pants in the power take-off shaft of the tractor, amputating her left leg below the knee.

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

However, after just missing out on selection for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team, and ongoing issues with her amputated leg, Joany was approached by the APC to transfer to its new Para-snowboard program ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

With Para-snowboard making its debut on the Paralympic program for the first time in 2014, Joany was set to become the first Australian woman to compete in the sport on the world’s biggest stage. But just hours before her first race, she crashed on a final training run, breaking her patella, dislocating her knee and collapsing her hip.

The crash only seemed to strengthen her resolve to achieve global success. In 2015, the Griffith local strung together two career-best performances to earn back-to-back silver medals at the IPC Snowboard World Cups in Aspen USA, and Big White, Canada, and in 2017 she won Australia’s first medal of their IPC World Cup Finals campaign, a silver in the women’s Snowboard Cross.

Her first taste of the PyeongChang 2018 venue, Joany recovered from a crash in the qualifying rounds to set up a finals showdown with Paralympic gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee, with her second place finish enough to secure the 2016/17 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe, a moment which ranks among her greatest to date.

“The way Joany did it was very impressive. It’s almost scary to see the progress she has made and now we’re here, knowing there is still a year to go to fine-tune stuff, it’s quite amazing,” Australian Para-snowboard coach Lukas Prem said at the time.

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.

Sports & Disciplines

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