Amanda Carter

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Quick Facts

Disability
Paraplegia
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Date of Birth
Thu, 16/07/1964
Home
Heidelberg West, VIC
Occupation
Occupational therapist
Started Competing
1991
First Competed for Australia
1992
Games Experience
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, London 2012
Heroes
Michelle Tims
Career Highlights
Winning the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
Greatest Moment
Winning the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Bio

Amanda Carter is one of the great comeback stories of the Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team. At the Sydney 2000 Games, Amanda ruptured a tendon off her elbow against fierce rivals Canada. Knocked onto her right side, Amanda’s arm became trapped under her wheelchair, leaving the Dandenong Rangers star requiring an elbow reconstruction.

After losing considerable mobility in her right arm, her chances of playing again appeared remote. Against the odds, the veteran launched her comeback in 2009, at the age of 44. She has since held her place in the Gliders team and was part of the gold medal winning Australian team at the 2010 Osaka Cup and silver medal winning team at the London Paralympics – her fourth Games.

Amanda began playing for the Gliders after she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the age of 24 – a rare spinal condition which developed after contracting chicken pox. As part of her rehabilitation, Amanda intensely devoted herself to wheelchair basketball, ultimately turning herself into a Paralympian. She finished fourth at both the Barcelona and Atlanta Games, before winning a silver medal in Sydney.


Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Classification: 1.0