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 …Read More