Emerging wheelchair tennis player Sarah Calati was 19-years-old when she sustained right through-knee limb loss as a passenger in a motorcycle accident. She spent four months recovering in hospital, in which time she began learning how to walk using a prosthetic leg, before discovering her calling in wheelchair tennis.

After being introduced to Australian wheelchair tennis coach Greg Crump in 2010, it wasn’t long before Sarah began climbing the Australian ranks, making her international debut two years later at the 2012 ITF World Team Cup in New Delhi, India.

Spurred on by sporting idol and mentor, former wheelchair tennis number one Danni Di Toro, Sarah continued to excel in international competition, culminating in her selection to the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team following Russia’s suspension for doping.

Despite being knocked out of the first round 0-6, 1-6 by Chinese competitor Zhenzhen Zhu, ‘Calati Kid’ gained crucial international experience in Rio, crediting …

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Date of birth
13 October 1986
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right through-knee limb loss
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Surrey Hills, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Beating an athlete ranked more than eighty above her at her second ever international competition


  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Classification: Open

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