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Joany Badenhorst wins bronze at IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup

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Joany Baden racing yesterday in the Netherlands. Image credit: Australian Paralympic Team

Yesterday, Australian snowboarder Joany Badenhorst  won a bronze medal in the women’s SB-LL2 podium at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Landgraaf, The Netherlands. Badenhorst  lost out on silver by a little over a second  to the United States’s  Heidi-Jo Duce. Badenhorst’s time was 1:28.70 to Duce’s 1:27.13. Dutch Paralympic gold medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee finished first with a time of 1:14.41.


Originally from South Africa, the Griffith, New South Wales local  comes into the season following last year’s disappointment at the Paralympic Games, where she was forced to withdraw at the last-minute after injuring her left knee in a training run earlier in the day.

This was the first time the banked slalom race appeared on the program at the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup, with snowboarding itself only appearing on the Paralympic program at the 2014 Games.  The sport has two classifications: LL1 is for competitors with significant impairment in one leg or a significant combined impairment in both legs, while LL2 is for boarders with an impairment in one or two legs or have less activity limitation.




Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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