As a youngster growing up in a small rural town in south-western Queensland, Janine Watson became heavily involved in community and representational sport, leading to a successful career in Exercise Science and Secondary Education.
At 25, Janine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a progressive, debilitating disease where the body’s immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord and for which there is no known cure. Shortly afterwards, she decided to take up Taekwondo and within nine months had won her first Australian Championship. With no place in Para-sport for people living with MS, Janine competed against able-bodied athletes, winning multiple state, national and international titles in sparring and Poomsae.
By 2015, Janine’s MS had progressed to the point she was no longer able to compete safely against able-bodied athletes. With no classification category in Para-taekwondo available for her to continue sparring, she concentrated on the Poomsae side of the …Read More