Sarah to shine at world championships

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Sarah Walsh accepts her medal at Sydney Olympic Park after placing first in the 100 metres at the NSW All Schools Championships. Photo: Kitty Beale

Sarah Walsh is on track for Paralympic glory.

The Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Engadine placed first in the 100 metre sprint at the NSW All Schools Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Thursday.

Two day later she flew to Doha, Qatar where she is acclimatising with team mates before competing in the long jump and 100 metre events at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

Sarah will compete in the long jump when the Championships begin on October 22, and run in the 100 metre event on October 29.  She is the current long jump Oceanian Record holder in the T44 class with a distance of 4.63 metres.

“I’ve been rung for so long I don’t know what it is like to not run, or jump, or to do athletics,” she said.

“Ever since I started I’ve loved athletics. I gradually progressed through the school levels and now I’m here.”

Sarah, 17, was born with fibula hemimelia, a condition where the fibula (calf bone) is either shortened or missing.  A below-knee amputee, she runs with a blade and trains six days a week.

Sarah will aim for a spot at the 2016 Paralympic Games, to be held in Brazil, when she returns from Qatar.

  • Read more in the next edition of About Catholic Schools.

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