Sarah Walsh is on track for Paralympic glory after a dream jump at the IPC Athletics World Championships.
The Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Engadine broke the Australia and Oceanic record in the T44 long jump class with a personal best jump of 4.76 metres, placing sixth in the event on October 22. She also completed the 100 metre sprint in 15.66 seconds at the Championships, held in Doha, Quatar.
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. She will aim next for a place at the 2016 Paralympic Games, to be held in Brazil.
Sarah said it was an honour to represent her country at world level and to be part on an amazing team of athletes.
“World Champs has been an amazing experience,” she said. “The highlight of the championships was by far my long jump. Doha was extremely hot and humid, but due to having a few weeks there prior to my events my body was able to adjust a little.
“Between my Long Jump and 100m I spent most of my time at the hotel watching the competition via the Live Steam and the TV. Once competition was over I was able to explore all Doha had to offer and support the team from track side.”