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Amanda’s second sporting chance

Amanda’s second sporting chance

When Nuriootpa athlete, Amanda Tscharke severed her spinal cord in a motorcycle crash, she farewelled her junior sporting career.

However, 16 years on, the champion thrower is sparkling with gold medals and has the 2016 Paralympic Games in her sight.

No longer able to use her legs, the former long jump record holder has channelled her skills into javelin, shot put and discus.

Amanda was inspired to return to competitive sport after meeting up with her former school teacher and current Paralympic Committee member, Cathy Lambert.

Starting her journey just three months ago, Amanda has claimed five state gold medals and a gold, silver and bronze in the national championship.

She is currently vying to be one of 20 selected to represent Australia at the Paralympic World Championships in France this July.

For the full story, grab May 1 edition of The Leader.