Those closest to Sarah Walsh have always known she was a Paralympic star in the making.

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 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 Oceanian record of 4.82m to …

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Date of birth
14 July 1998
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Right below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation due to fibular hemimelia
Bruce, ACT
Student, athlete
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing in the women’s long jump T44 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Putting on the green and gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Her parents


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4x100m Classification: T64
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long jump Classification: T64

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