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EDMISTON Sarah
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age44
Place of BirthLower Hutt, NZL
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F44
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Paul Edmiston, children Chelsea, James, Casey and Allana
Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Horticulture - TAFE: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age six, Perth, WA, Australia, and competed at junior state level prior her accident. She began Para athletics in 2017.
Why this sport?
"There wasn't a lot of information when I came back to training in athletics. [In 2017] a lady I was training with said to me, 'You can't move your foot, it's paralysed, you should be a Para athlete'. I looked up the information online and thought, 'Wow, this is me, I can do this'."
Club / Team
Perth Track & Field: Australia
Name of coach
Paul Edmiston [husband], AUS
Training Regime
She trains up to 30 hours a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Bunny (nbablues.com, 06 Apr 2017)
Hobbies
Gardening, home renovation. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the women's F44 discus at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Husband and coach Paul Edmiston. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian former winter athlete, spinal injury survivor and author Janine Shepherd. (nbablues.com, 06 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Paul Edmiston competed in athletics at national level in Australia. (Paul Edmiston Instagram profile, 01 Jul 2017; nbablues.com, 06 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She has foot drop and dorsiflexion in her right leg, as well as instability in her knee. Her impairment is the result of a water skiing accident when she was age 19. "The ski was twisted. I had torn my right leg's ACL and PCL, and also severed the arteries and nerves. They grafted my arteries so it didn't have to be amputated. The first question I asked the surgeons after the operation was, 'When can I start throwing again? I want to go to the Olympics.' They said to me, 'You'll never throw again.' After that it still took me a year to learn how to walk again." (abc.net.au, 20 Mar 2019; athletics.com.au, 2017; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She served as the 2018/19 ambassador for the West Coast Athletics League in Australia. She also coaches children at school holiday athletics clinics. (wcal.com.au, 01 Aug 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 Discus Throw F44 33.80
7 2017 Shot Put F44 8.04
2 2019 Discus Throw F64 36.43