AJ for Rio Paralympics 2016
In September 2016, AJ will represent Australia at the Rio Paralympics where this discipline is being introduced for the first time.
In April 2012, at the age of 41, AJ’s right leg was amputated from the knee down. Paddling during rehabilitation evolved into a passion to compete at an elite level.
In 2 very short years AJ debuted in international racing at the 2014 World Canoe Sprint Championships. Since then, AJ has set National and International waterways alight, winning every title in her class.
AJ needs vital equipment to defend her National and World Champion Titles and to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
For AJ to train and compete effectively, we need 3 pieces of specialised equipment totalling $57,000.
Funding for this equipment is not available through any official channel. As such, AJ would be expected to fund this herself. This is an impossible financial burden on AJ and her family.
Vital equipment needed:
The correct prosthetic built specifically for AJ to endure the pressure and stress that comes from intensive training and competition. This will cost $27,000. The prosthetic plays a very important role when AJ is training– it must endure significant pressure and strain far beyond a standard prosthetic. In the last 2 years, AJ has endured 5 breakages. AJ must be able to rely on this vital piece of equipment.
A wheelchair built specifically for Amanda’s stature and physical requirements. This will cost $20,000. The Athletes Village in Rio is around 200,000sq.m and Amanda will have to rely on crutches or a wheelchair to navigate. When Amanda’s stump needs relief from the pressure of wearing the prosthetic, she will use crutches to manoeuvre. Crutches place significant strain on AJ’s upper torso, wrists and arms. A wheelchair is needed to alleviate this.
A kayak built specifically for AJ to compete at an Olympic level. This will cost $10,000. So far AJ has achieved National and World Champion status in borrowed or club kayaks which are general and not specifically designed for her stature and physical requirements.
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