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Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Australia   
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Journalism - University of New South Wales: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding in July 2013 in Jindabyne, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
She was approached to try the sport by Australian Paralympic snowboarding programme coach Pete Higgins after he witnessed her testing a prosthetic leg while wearing high heels. "He asked me if I had ever snowboarded before and I said, 'No, never - but I wouldn't mind giving it a go.' He gave me the choice of coming down for a single snow camp and seeing how I like it or moving down and committing to it. Anyone that knows me knows that I can't do anything half-heartedly. Although he gave me a week to make up my mind, I called back two hours later and asked him to help me look for accommodation. I gave notice for my job that afternoon and started researching the sport."
Senior International Debut
Competing for
European Cup
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming Australia's first female flag bearer at the Paralympic Winter Games at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (, 13 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian snowboarder Stephanie Prem. (, 16 Sep 2017)
She injured her left knee while training at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and was ruled out of competing at the event. She then required knee reconstruction surgery and was scheduled to miss the entire 2018/19 season. (, 11 Dec 2018;, 11 Mar 2018)

She competed with a broken wrist at the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. (, 02 Mar 2015)

She dislocated her left knee and fractured her hip ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and was forced to withdraw from the event. (, 06 Jan 2015)

An injury sustained in training stopped her from competing in athletics at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 11 Dec 2018)

In early 2011 she underwent surgery to rectify problems she was having with her leg following her amputation. (, 01 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Come as you are." (Instagram, 24 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
She and Para alpine skier Mitch Gourley were named co-captains of the Australia team for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She was also flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Games. (, 09 Mar 2018;, 23 Oct 2017)

She was Australia's flag bearer at the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. (, 18 Mar 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in athletics and narrowly failed to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 03 Mar 2014;, 13 May 2013)
She was involved in a tractor accident in South Africa in 2005. While playing with friends on her parents' farm, a group of labourers were busy with a tractor clearing firebreaks. Her trousers became caught in the power take-off shaft of the tractor, severing her left leg below the knee. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013;, 20 Aug 2013;, 25 Mar 2013)
Other information
In September 2019 she announced her retirement from competitive sport. "I don't leave disappointed, angry or upset. I still love snowboarding, but now I just have to learn to love the sport in a different capacity." (, 13 Sep 2019)

Injuries stopped her competing in athletics at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, as well as in snowboarding at the Paralympic Winter Games in both 2014 and 2018. "I stay optimistic. How can't I? I live an incredible life, I get to wake up and go to the beach. I'm happy and healthy, I've got an incredibly family. And Australia gives me the opportunity to compete in a sport I love, so I recognise I'm privileged. I don't want to waste it on feeling sorry for myself." (, 11 Dec 2018;, 01 Mar 2018)

She took up the sport in 2013 after her potential was noticed by coach Peter Higgins, but her early experiences on snow were not positive. "I fell down so much I bruised every part of my body. I had headaches, I was tired. I'd wake up in the morning at five and be back at my house at two, and then go to the gym and train and be in bed at seven, passed out completely. I honestly wasn't happy doing it, but I didn't once think, 'Let's give up'. That wasn't the idea I had in my head. It was more, 'I hope this gets better soon'. I don't like throwing in the towel." (, 11 Jan 2015)

She was born in South Africa and lived there until 2009. Her family then moved to Australia. (, 01 May 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  DNS
2 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:42.87
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.27
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Snowboardcross - Standing  DNS
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:06.31
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.08
1 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:25.80