Joany Badenhorst is Australia’s premier female Para-snowboarder.

However, despite achieving selection to two Australian Paralympic Teams, she has never competed at a Paralympic Games.

After just missing selection for the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Para-athletics, Joany was approached by Paralympics Australia to transfer to Para-snowboard. Devastatingly, just hours before her first race at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, she crashed on a final training run and broke her patella, dislocated her knee and collapsed her hip.

The crash only strengthened her resolve, and at the 2016-2017 IPC Snowboard World Cup Finals in PyeongChang, South Korea, Joany reached the final of the women’s snowboard cross SB-LL2 and won the World Cup Crystal Globe. She won World Cup Crystal Globes for the most points won in the women’s banked slalom SB-LL2 and the most points won overall for the 2017-2018 season, and was among Australia’s top medal hopes to break …

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Date of birth
10 August 1994
Past Paralympic Games

Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018

Physical Impairment – Left below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Farming accident
Griffith, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being Australia’s first female representative in Para-snowboard

Greatest sporting moments

Winning the 2016-2017 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe in the women’s snowboard cross SB-LL2

Heroes/role models

Her parents, Stephanie Prem

Favourite quote
"The first step is you have to say that you can" - Will Smith


  • Sport: Para-snowboard Discipline: Banked slalom Classification: SB-LL2
  • Sport: Para-snowboard Discipline: Snowboard cross Classification: SB-LL2

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