Worlds at their feet
A PROSTHETIC left leg will not stop Tracy Johnson to represent her country in the 2016 IVF World Sprint Titles on the Sunshine Coast next Sunday.
Johnson will join fellow Canoe Point Outrigger Club members Erin Hurst 16, Tegan Carpenter 15, Milly and Lucy Saunders 14, Sonnyboy Kingi 14, Joshua Hurst 13 and Jasmine Marshall 13 to compete in the week-long event against other countries.
Australian Paralympian athlete Johnson was born with a birth defect in her left leg, but it has not held her back at all.
"These guys at the Canoe Point Outriggers Club have made me feel so welcome here," Johnson said.
Originally from Toowoomba, she moved to Gladstone 15 years ago.
"My limb-maker contacted me about three and a half months ago and they were looking for amputee women to join a club," Johnson said.
"These guys have made me feel so welcome and they have been great to adapt with my training and throwing me in with the juniors."
One of those is 14-year-old Sonnyboy Kingi, who took up the sport to get fitness.
"I didn't really like it at first, but got into it," Sonnyboy said.
"All the surrounds are great and all the people who have contributed me to getting fit."
Fellow youngster Jasmine Marshall 13, said preparations will start this Thursday on Lake Kawana.
She said her introduction to the sport occurred over two years ago and it has brought her much satisfaction.
"It's just a fun sport and you can do it either socially or take it to the next level and take it seriously," Jasmine said.
Tracy Johnson, Erin Hurst, Tegan Carpenter, Sonnyboy Kingi, Milly Saunders, Jasmine Marshall, Lucy Saunders and Joshua Hurst.