Sarah Walsh, a rising star in Para-athletics, was born without her left fibula. When she was just 18-months-old, her parents decided to amputate her leg, but in a telltale sign she was a Paralympic athlete in the making, Sarah was running on her prosthetic within a week of it being fitted. When Sarah was nine, her PDHPE teacher noticed her results were comparable to her able-bodied classmates’, and was encouraged to enter the Zone Athletics Carnival for her region. After that, she was hooked. Over the next few years, Sarah’s passion for sprinting grew, and when she was gifted her first running blade, she promised herself she would become the best possible athlete she could be. As it happened, Sarah’s best was reaching the pinnacle event for her sport, the Paralympic Games. With several junior titles and national records to her name, it came as no surprise when Sarah was… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right below-knee limb loss
Sport
Para-athletics
How acquired
Amputation due to congenital limb deficiency
Date of Birth
July 14, 1998
Home
Engadine, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2007
First Competed for Australia
2014
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Her parents

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the women’s long jump T44 at the 2014 Sainsbury’s International Match in Glasgow, Scotland

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2014 Sainsbury’s International Match

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: Long jump Classification: T44