Australian Pin-Up Doll champ pins hopes of competing at World Championships on kindness of others


Larissa Camilleri. Picture: Jon Hewson
Larissa Camilleri. Picture: Jon Hewson

PIN-UP Doll Australia champion Larissa Camilleri is aiming to overcome a genetic heart condition to compete at the World Championships in London.

The Canning Vale resident won a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent her country at the international event in September.

Unfortunately, Ms Camilleria suffers has cardiac arrithymia, a condition which causes her heart rate to spike frequently.

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She said she has been in and out of hospital and has had to stop working since winning the Australian title last October.

“Recently, my arrhythmia has got worse in that my heart rate will spike wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, any time of day, anywhere, anything,” she said.

“There are good days and bad days, you don’t know what it’s going to be like until you wake up and you take all your medication and you see how you feel.”

However, despite her ongoing health problems, she is determined to make it to London.

“It would mean the world to me, to be able to represent the country in an international competition,” she said.

“I can’t wait to be on that stage in London and I visualise it everyday.”

She has set up a GoFundMe page to aid her quest, hoping to reach $10, 000 by August.

While half of the money raised will be going towards a plane ticket, the other half will be going to the Heart Research Institute, for whom she has raised money for in the past.

“I’ve had sponsors donate products, pin-up products, vintage products and we’re doing a big raffle to try and get donations through,” Ms Camilleri said.

For more visit www.gofundme.com/get-lexi-to-london or follow the hashtag #GetLexiToLondon.