Dis­abil­ity no bar to dance for Kelly

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

PAR­A­LYMPIAN Kelly Cartwright would be right to feel a lit­tle ner­vous about her Danc­ing with the Stars de­but.

Not only will she be the first per­son with a pros­thetic leg to com­pete on the show, she will also be heav­ily preg­nant by the fi­nal.

Cartwright, 26, ( pic­tured) ad­mit­ted on the Seven Net­work’s Sunrise she’s feel­ing a lit­tle guilty that she’s given danc­ing part­ner Damien White­wood such a tough task.

“Damien is great, my part­ner; he has just prob­a­bly got two things to deal with at the mo­ment but we’re learn­ing as we’re go­ing along,” she said.

One big hur­dle for the ath­lete will be learn­ing to wear high heels, which she says she’s “never done in her life”.

“I have a high- heel foot so that’s another thing I have to build my con­fi­dence with. I had to change my foot over so I could wear heels for danc­ing. So it has worked well. I get to wear heels in nor­mal life now.” Cartwright, whose baby is due in De­cem­ber, will be danc­ing for char­ity START Foun­da­tion, which gives grants to am­putees to buy pros­the­ses.

The 26- year- old, from Gee­long, lost part of her right leg at 15 due to can­cer.

She was de­ter­mined to con­tinue her love of sport and com­peted at the 2008 Bei­jing and the 2012 Lon­don Par­a­lympic Games, win­ning a gold medal in long jump and a sil­ver medal in the 100m. Danc­ing With The Stars re­turns on Sun­day at 7pm on

Seven.

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