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… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left below-knee limb loss
Sport
Para-snowboard
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

Sports & Disciplines

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