THE odds of Martin Lamprecht ever calling Perth home seemed pretty slim when he emailed his CV to 200 hospitals in Europe and Australia.
But the City he now calls home is rallying behind the 25-year-old as he aims to secure $25,000 for a new prosthesis that should even the playing field during crossfit competitions and help during day-to-day tasks.
Mr Lamprecht, who grew up in Bothaville, South Africa, was just 12 years old when he lost his left leg to bone cancerEwing sarcoma.
Treatment included 24 chemotherapy sessions over 18 months, but Mr Lamprecht said the hardest part was not being able to compete.
“I was always very competitive and active but all of a sudden I had to sit around and was limited to in what I was able to do,” he said.
“Chemotherapy is obviously not a very nice experience, but strangely I cannot remember a lot of it.
“I always try have a positive outlook in life, so I think my brain just blocks out that experience.”
Mr Lamprecht said a need for change and an urge for something new and exciting was behind a decision to leave home for a fresh start.
He now works as a cardiac sonographer at Rockingham General Hospital, but sport is his real passion.
As a teen he broke the U/16 above knee javelin South African record and also had success playing golf.
These days he trains six days a week at Jandakot’s RFX CrossFit, which provided a strong base for his recent attempt at Bunbury’s Battle in the South West.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by supporters so he can secure funding for a new blade leg which will aid him during future crossfit competitions and also help during day-to-day life.
He hopes his story can encourage others to follow their passion.
“I would like to encourage all people with a disability, or if you know of anyone, to get into something likes this,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be crossfit, just push yourself to be better and feel better every day.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com and search operation blade runner.