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Dining with the Stars - Kelly Cartwright

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

For our first Dining With the Stars event for 2011, Bendigo Young Professionals Network in conjuction with Telstra County Wide is very proud to present Kelly Cartwright as our speaker. 

Kelly's is a story of courage and inspiration, especially rare in one so young.  At the age of 15, Kelly was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and had to have her leg amputated above the knee for the best chance of survival.  After learning how to walk all over again on a walking prosthesis, Kelly decided she wanted to learn how to run; she was then fitted for a carbon fibre running leg and started running competitively. In the August of 2005 Kelly tried out for and was accepted as a member of the Emerging Talent squad for Beijing or London.  In July last year Kelly ran an A qualifier which allowed her to represent her country in Beijing. For Kelly, it was an experience of a lifetime and finishing 6th in the Final was also a great achievement.  But that wasn't enough for Kelly!  Since Beijing she has taken that extra step with her training and broke the World record in the 200m at the Afrafura games in 2009 and Australian Record for the 100m.  A week of training for Kelly involves 3 to 4 track session, 3 gym session and a couple of pool sessions.

In August last year Kelly completed one of her toughest challenges yet when she became the first above knee amputee to successfully climb Mt Kilamanjaro.  Kelly says it was one of the best experiences of her life as well as being the hardest both mentally and physically.

This promises to be an awe inspiring story, not to be missed.  And this year, YPN are putting a $50 price cap on all our major events - so you will never pay more than $50 for one of our major events.  To book tickets contact us at

Venue:  Quills Restaurant, 286 Napier Street, Bendigo

DateWednesday 13th April from 6:00pm

Tickets:  $50 - includes 2 course meal

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