Jocelyn NEUMUELLER (AUS)

AUAustralia
Age:
27 years
Federation:
PADDLE AUSTRALIA

Biography

Further Personal Information

BIOGRAPHY
Classification
KL1

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (westlakes.canoe.org.au, 27 May 2016)

Impairment Details
In 2012 she contracted a rare autoimmune disease that caused partial paralysis in her lower limbs. (westlakes.canoe.org.au, 27 May 2016)

General
HIGHER EDUCATION
She has studied a degree in medical science with a focus on immunology research at Flinders University in Adelaide, SA, Australia. "My rare diagnosis gave me a passion for medical research, and a will to not only find a cure for some of my own conditions, but also those that impact others." (basketballsa.com.au, 30 May 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is involved in Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, a peer-to-peer support programme for young people with an impairment. She also volunteers as an instructor for Sailability, a national programme for sailors with an impairment in Australia. (Facebook page, 12 Jul 2017; paralympic.org, 2016)

PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Victor Harbor, SA
OCCUPATION
Student
HIGHER EDUCATION
Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, AUS
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
She took up Para canoe in late 2015
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
She began participating in wheelchair basketball and sailing as part of her rehabilitation. She switched to Para canoe after a member of the West Lakes Canoe Club in Western Australia saw her at the local aquatic centre and invited her to try the sport. "Being out on the water provided and continues to provide a sense of independence and freedom that is now difficult to achieve elsewhere in my life. I love just spending time on the water." (Facebook page, 12 Jul 2017; paralympic.org.au, 2016; foxsportspulse.com, 2015)
HOBBIES
Volunteering
CLUB
West Lakes Canoe Club [Australia]
NAME OF COACH
Andrea King [national] 
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning gold at the 2016 National Championships in Perth, WA, Australia.
SPORTING PHILOSOPHY/ MOTTO
"Nothing is impossible, it is just a matter of making it possible by finding a way to make things work for you."
AMBITIONS
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
OTHER INFORMATION
RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
8KL12016Duisburg, GER1:03.137
CLASSIFICATION
KL1
OTHER SPORTS
She has played wheelchair basketball at club level for Adelaide Thunder in South Australia. She also competed in a range of sailing classes prior to taking up Para canoe sprint. She won state titles in South Australia in the 303 Double class, and competed at the national championships in the Hansa class. (Facebook page, 12 Jul 2017; basketballsa.com.au, 30 May 2017; foxsportspulse.com, 01 Dec 2015)