AJ is Australia's first female Australian Para National and World Champion in Para-canoe.
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, winning bronze and since then, AJ has set National and International waterways alight. In 2015 AJ became WKL3 200m World Champion at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Milan, Italy. In 2016, AJ fulfilled her dream to compete at Olympic level at the Rio Paralympics. In this debut for both her and the event of Paracanoe she won a silver medal, narrowly missing out on the gold by the smallest of margins. This experience has spurred her on and she has her sights firmly set on Tokyo in 2020 with the intention on becoming Australian Paralympic Champion in the sport of Paracanoe Kayak Sprint.
In the interim AJ’s burning ambition is to regain her ICF World Champion status at the upcoming World Championships in the Czech Republic in August 2017 and then to retain that status for the following years leading into Tokyo. To give herself the best opportunity of realising those goals, she has relocated to the Gold Coast, leaving her supportive family back in Victoria.
In order to achieve and maintain that status, AJ requires financial assistance for travel and training costs associated with National and International competitions as well as specialized equipment development and maintenance. This assistance is essential for AJ on her quest for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Give AJ the best opportunity possible to represent our country by donating today!
Upcoming International Events:
2017 ICF World Championships (Para-Canoe) Czech Republic, August 23 - 27
2018 ICF World Championships (Para-Canoe) Portugal, August 21 - 25
2019 ICF World Championships (Paralympic Qualifier) TBC,
2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, August 25 - September 6