Jan 5, 2020
Sarah, who was born with fibular hemimelia, was 18 months old when her parents gave doctors the go-ahead to amputate her foot. That decision changed the course of her life. Were it not for that decision, Sarah would not have represented Australia in Para-athletics. She would not have become a Paralympian. She would not have been given all the incredible opportunities that come with being an athlete on the world stage. Sarah says it is the best decision her parents have ever made for her, and is the reason why they are her heroes.
Sarah was nine when she first began to take sport seriously, and after she was gifted her first running blade, she promised herself she would become the best athlete she could be. As it happened, Sarah’s best was reaching the pinnacle event for her sport – the Paralympic Games.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sarah set an Oceania record of 4.82m to finish sixth in the women’s long jump T44. But impressive as this was, it was not until the following year, at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England, when Sarah proved she had become a force to be reckoned with on the world stage, placing fourth in the women’s long jump T44.
At the time of recording in late 2019, Sarah had claimed her first spot on the podium at a World Championships level winning Bronze in the Long Jump.
In the three years since Rio, Sarah has well and truly established herself as a podium athlete, and with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games just around the corner, she is on the verge of winning her first Paralympic medal.
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