Kelly Cartwright

The story of Kelly’s life is best described as triumph over adversity. At the tender age of 15, after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in her right knee, she was forced to make a decision that would change the direction of her life. In November 2004, faced with the option of amputation or radical surgery to remove the cancer Kelly had her right leg amputated.

After a painstaking 3 months of rehabilitation she was fitted with a prosthetic leg. Having learnt to walk again, and facing the reality that her netball career was over, she looked for a new direction. That direction was running.

With a growing passion for running, Kelly’s training intensified in pursuit of her next goal – to be the best above-knee amputee 100m sprinter in the world. Adding to her fast-growing list of achievements Kelly became the first above-knee amputee woman to climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in 2009. 2012 was by far Kelly’s biggest year. Drawing on all her training, she rose to the top in Long Jump, setting a new world record; claimed the gold medal; and ran a personal best in the 100m to claim silver in London.

Away from the track, Kelly became a mum for the first time with her little boy Max born early 2016. Kelly  has been an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia, Rare Cancers Australia and The START Foundation assisting amputees to reach their sporting dream. Kelly is in demand as a motivational speaker and is having a huge impact as a health and fitness model, modelling for L’Oreal, Cotton On, Bonds, Tradie workwear and recently Reebok.

  • 2008 Australian Championships – 1st- 100m Sprint

  • 2008 Beijing Paralympics – 6th place 100 m Sprint 

  • 2009 Australian Championships 2009 – 1st 100m Sprint

  • 2011 Arafura -Asia/Pacific Games – 100m Sprint, New Australian Record 

  • 2011 Arafura -Asia/Pacific Games – 200m Sprint, New World Record 

  • 2011 Arafura Asia/Pacific Games- 100m  Sprint, New Australian Record 

  • 2011 IPC World Championships New Zealand- Long Jump, New World record 

  • 2011 IPC World Championships New Zealand – 100 Metre Sprint, Championships Record

  • 2012 Adelaide Track Classic- New World Record 200m

  • 2012 National Championships – 100m Metre Sprint, New World Record 

  • 2012 London Paralympics – Long Jump, Gold and New World Record

  • 2012 London Paralympics – 100 Metre Sprint, Silver Medal 

  • 2017 Australian Para powerlifting Championships- Australian record 

  • 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships Mexico- Australian record

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Para Powerlifting- Australian record 



  • In 2012 Kelly was named as athlete of the year- the first Paralympian to be given such an honour in Australia

  • In 2014 Kelly was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to sport as a gold medallist in the 2012 London Paralympic Games


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