Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right through knee limb loss
Wheelchair Tennis
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Date of Birth
October 13, 1986
Surrey Hills, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Yet to come

Greatest Moment

At her second international competition, she defeated an athlete ranked more than 80 higher than her


Emerging wheelchair tennis player Sarah Calati was 19-years-old when she was involved in a motorcycle accident which resulted in the amputation of her right leg.

As the passenger on the motorcycle, Sarah sustained critical injuries after the bike landed on her body. After four months in hospital, Sarah learned to walk again on a prosthetic leg, but it wasn’t for three years later, through her prosthesis that she found her calling in sport.

With strong ties to the Australian Paralympic Committee, Sarah’s prosthesis encouraged her to take up sport once again and in 2010, introduced her to former Australian wheelchair tennis head coach Greg Crump. Having very little experience pushing a wheelchair, Sarah’s love of tennis prevailed and her determination to improve saw her quickly climb the Australian ranks.

Embracing wheelchair tennis with the same enthusiasm and passion as she did for able-bodied version, Sarah’s sporting idol quickly changed from Andre Agassi to Australian Paralympian and former world number one Daniela Di Toro. Within months of starting the sport, her idol became her new mentor after meeting her at a training camp. To this day, Sarah lists Daniela as her main source of inspiration and someone she turns to for encouragement.

Coached by Francois Volgelsberger, the Melbourne native made her international debut in 2012 at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in India. Spurred on by the upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sarah went on to place 2nd; a great feat for her first international competition.

Sarah, who is nicknamed ‘Calati Kid’ by her friends and fellow athletes, believes wheelchair tennis has enriched her life, as it has given her the opportunity to travel across the world and compete professionally; something she believes she wouldn’t have been able to do if it weren’t for her accident. She also relishes the opportunity to meet new people along the way, many of whom are trying to achieve the same thing and prove that sport can open doors for anyone.

Outside of wheelchair tennis, Sarah works for a landscaping business as a gardener. Currently studying horticulture, she hopes to one day have a landscaping business of her own.

When Sarah isn’t working or training, she likes to wind down by spending time with her friends, going to music festivals or venturing into the great outdoors, citing camping and fishing as her favourite activities.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Classification: Open