KERRYN HARVEY - A story of survival
START foundation was established in 2013 through the inspiring story of Kerryn Harvey who contracted a life threatening flesh-eating bacteria, as a result of a seemingly minor cycling accident, while on a ride in Adelaide. Radical surgery was required to save Kerryn’s life and a right forequarter amputation (arm and shoulder) was performed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After the operation, Kerryn repeatedly battled against the odds and survived.
Prior to the accident, sport had always played a critical role in Kerryn’s life and getting assistance to have her bike modified so she could ride again, was a catalyst to reclaiming and reframing her life. Through Kerryn’s personal experience, the concept of START foundation was created. START assists amputees to achieve their sporting dreams.
“Becoming an amputee in 2013 was the beginning of a whole new life journey. Getting fit and successfully returning to the sport of triathlon as a paratriathlete gave me the confidence and belief that I could continue living a happy and fulfilling life. To have the opportunity to compete on the world stage in paratriathlon, winning silver at the 2015 World Championships and bronze at the 2016 World Championships, was beyond my wildest dreams.
It’s been amazing to see START foundation grow each year and provide more amputees with sporting limbs and adaptive equipment to enable them to achieve their sporting dreams. Whether that’s on the world stage or playing backyard cricket, the positive impact on an amputee’s life is immeasurable.”
Kerryn Harvey. Founding Director