Disability no bar to dance for Kelly
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