Her dreams of competing at this year's Commonwealth Games have been dashed due to complications with a knee injury.
But Amy Pejkovic has proved she refuses to stay down for long, as she set her sights on competing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The 25-year-old model and high jumper admitted she hit 'rock bottom' when she realised she'd have to bow out of the Games - before insisting that the setback will make her 'stronger'.
'Setbacks make you stronger': High-jumper Amy Pejkovic has revealed her goal to compete in the 2020 Olympics... after hitting 'rock bottom' when a knee injury dashed her Commonwealth Games dreamiPhone transfer software
'These setbacks make you stronger in the long run. The goal now is to make the 2020 Olympics,' she told the latest issue of Women's Health, which goes on sale on Thursday.
Amy added: 'I just want to be able to inspire people, to show them you can hit rock bottom but still [go on] to make your dreams a reality.'
The 25-year-old, who only last month shared how excited she was by the prospect of being selected to represent Australia, confirmed she is no longer a contender several weeks ago.
'I was so set on making that team and was going full steam ahead with training, trying to give it everything I possibly could,' she told Husskie.
Dream: 'These setbacks make you stronger in the long run. The goal now is to make the 2020 Olympics,' she told the latest issue of Women's Health
Staying positive: Amy added: 'I just want to be able to inspire people, to show them you can hit rock bottom but still [go on] to make your dreams a reality'
Her physical setback, which began as pain in her knee a year ago, has been diagnosed as a series of issues including patella tendonitis - an overuse injury affecting the tendon.
Missing out on the Games is a tough blow for Ms Pejkovic who also had her Olympic dreams destroyed six years ago after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The young athlete, who was 19 at the time, suffered from excruciating headaches for 10 years before scans revealed she had a life-threatening five-centimetre tumour growing on her brain.
While the growth was successfully operated on, Ms Pejkovic revealed this life-altering event still casts a long shadow.
Six years ago, the athlete and model had extensive surgery to