gymnast with a ‘dancing blade’

… As a six-year-old she developed cancer and had to have her leg amputated just two years after her mum died of the same disease.

Iona … was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in 2008.

Her right leg was amputated below the knee as a result.

The youngster, from Jordanhill, Glasgow, loves showing off her moves to other children and their parents who are in a similar situation and contemplating what life will be like after an amputation. …

… “Everyone trains at the same time and kids with disabilities are treated like everyone else.

“Iona does floor, vault, beam and bars and this new blade is ideal for her. …


“My prosthetic leg can feel quite heavy when I’m doing sport and this blade is brilliant,” she said.

“It’s been specially designed for me to have extra support at the heel, which helps me balance when I’m on the beam. It definitely helps me be better at gymnastics.”

Inspirational girl lost leg to cancer, but gymnastics starlet Iona won’t be put off her Team GB dream


(via GymCastic)