Sarah Walsh

Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a Paralympic Long Jumper and World Championships Bronze Medallist.  I was born with a condition called Fibular Hemimelia essentially meaning when I was born I was missing one bone below my knee and had a small foot that didn’t really form properly so when I was 18 months old my best made the decision to amputate my foot (best decision ever!) and I have worn a prosthetics ever since.
 
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
Growing up I always played lots of sport and my parents encouraged me to get out there and try everything just as any other kid would. When I was about nine I found athletics through school, I could barely run 100m let alone 200m and couldn’t do long jump very well either but absolutely fell in love with it and as they say the rest is history. That not so little girl these days still does it because I absolutely love it.
 
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Showing the world that despite having one leg, I can still do everything just like anyone else and Athletics gives me the opportunity to do that.
 
I also love sharing my story. There is something pretty special about standing in front of a group of people or talking to an individual and telling your story, knowing that you have the power to make a difference. If only one person takes away something you say and it helps them in their life I think that’s pretty powerful.
 
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Always stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in. You are in charge of your own life so create the best life for you.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?

No matter how big or crazy your dreams and goals are, you are more than capable of achieving them and never let anyone tell you otherwise. I remember sitting on my couch watching the Beijing Paralympics on the television back in 2008 as a 10 year old girl, saying to my parents that when I grew up I wanted to be a Paralympian. Eight years later the girl who wanted to be a Paralympian did exactly that and her dreams came true. 

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