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Darrel Sparke
Re-Flex Shock with Unity®

Raised in country NSW, Darrel became an below knee amputee at the age of 5 due to a machinery accident.

As a late teen Darrel began training in the sport of Taekwondo. Darrel has over 25 years of Taekwondo instructing under his belt. He is the head coach at the University of Newcastle, and on the Sport Taekwondo Australia, Para- Taekwondo Development Committee.

He is Australias’ only lower extremity amputee to obtain all levels up to the world recognised Black Belt rank of 4th Dan.

Darrel on Facebook

Don Elgin

Don Elgin was raised in NSW and was born without the lower portion of his left leg. At the age of 18, Don became a World Champion and a staggering 20 years on, represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Away from the sporting arena Don is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and the founder and director of StarAmp Global, a boutique management company representing some of Australia’s finest amputee talent.
Don is also a published author following the release of his first book ‘One Foot on the Podium’.

Dwayne Fernandes
Vari-Flex® XC

Dwayne was born with missing bones in both his legs and feet and at the age of 11 elected to amputate below both feet, he has been an amputee for 19 years.

In 2008 Dwayne started ‘tower running’ beginning with Centerpoint Tower in Sydney and has set 9 records around the world including the Empire State Building the Eureka Tower.

Dwayne has completed his Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Advance Diploma in Management, works as Business Analyst and is also a proud father.

Dwayne on Facebook

Jeremy McGrath
Re-Flex Shock with Unity®

Jeremy was born with both a missing and shortened bone in his right leg and at the age of 15 elected to have surgery to amputate his leg below the knee.

In 2012 Jeremy was inspired to join a Paralympic sport and in 2014 represented Australia at the World Rowing Championships, winning silver.
Jeremy is currently studying Occupational Therapy and hopes to help others get active as he did.

Jeremy on Facebook

Joany Badenhorst
Re-Flex Rotate with Unity®

Originally from South Africa, Joany was involved in a severe tractor accident in 2005 on her parents’ farm.

After just missing out on selection for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team, she was approached by the Australian Paralympic Committee to transfer to its new Parasnowboard program.

With Para-snowboarding making its debut for the first time in 2014, Joany is the first female from Australia to compete in the sport on the world’s biggest stage.

Joany on Facebook

Liam Malone
Vari-Flex® XC & Cheetah® Xtreme

Liam is a bilateral below knee amputee as a result of being born with fibula hemimelia.

Liam has been active since birth, snowboarding, hunting and competing in multiple sports. Liam is now competing in Paralympic blade running and qualified for the 2016 Rio Games.

Liam believes a positive mindset and the ability to access the best prosthetic technology are two important factors that have given him a great quality of life.

Liam on Facebook

Mathew Demetrios
Flex-Run with Nike® Sole

At the age of 19 after being suddenly admitted to hospital with a severe case of Meningococcal Septicaemia and waking from a 2 week coma, Mat was told he would lose both legs below the knee.

Within 3 months of leaving hospital Mat completed an Advanced Diploma in Marketing & Sports Management and a course in Real Estate. In 2008 Mat was selected for the train-on squad for the Paralympic Rowing Team.

Mathew on Facebook

Nic Zanelli

Nic became an above knee amputee after losing his leg in a motor vehicle accident over 20 years ago while on leave from officer training in the Army.

In the early 1990’s, Nic challenged the assumption that above knee amputees couldn’t remain active and in 1994 he set on the path to becoming an amputee athlete.