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Kelly Cartwright still remembers what it was like to have two legs; to wake up in the morning and not have to think twice about walking to the bathroom. She still remembers what it felt like to play netball and the big dreams she had of playing for Australia.
At 15-years-old, Kelly became an above-knee amputee after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Losing a limb is tough at the best of times, but imagine it happening in your teens. Suddenly, she wasn’t like the friends she’d grown up with. She had to learn to walk with a prosthetic leg and all those dreams she had for her future had to be reimagined.
Reimagined … not made smaller. Kelly was quick to decided that losing a limb would not stop her from aiming high and went on to become one of the world’s best Paralympic athletes. Kelly became the first above-knee amputee woman to climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in 2009 and in 2012, won gold in long jump and silver in the 100m at the London 2012 Paralympics. She also set new Australian records in powerlifting at the World Championships in 2018, because you know, being a champ in two different sports wasn’t enough. Kelly is also a stereotype-smashing health and fitness model and advocate in normalising all shapes, sizes and abilities.
Thanks to our partners at Suncorp Team Girls, Kelly joins us in conversation to share everything she’s learnt about resilience, motivation and what happens when you’re told you can’t do something. She believes you can always find positives in any situation, just sometimes you have to look a little harder. Join us to hear from this legend.