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STEVEN Anna
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthAuckland, NZL
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - University of Auckland: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began running competitively at age 16 in 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"Running is freedom, it feels like flying. My dream is to represent New Zealand at the Paralympics and to break world records, but I'm taking it step by step. I saw an opportunity to become a national-level athlete where I could push my limits. I also saw it as an opportunity where I could inspire others living with disability to get involved in sport."
Club / Team
North Harbour Bays Athletics: Auckland, NZL
Name of coach
Hamish Meacheam, NZL
Training Regime
She trains seven times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Wearing the New Zealand kit for the first time. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand Para sprinter Liam Malone. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Injuries
From 2016 to 2018 she suffered from compartment syndrome in her lower left leg. In August 2018 she underwent a fasciotomy [an operation where connective tissue is cut] to correct the problem, and she needed three months to recover. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take life as it comes and just make the most of it. If you want something hard enough, you can go get it. Nothing is impossible." (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was named Para Athlete of the Year by the North Harbour Bays Athletics club in Auckland, New Zealand. (baysathletics.co.nz, 01 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Games in Paris. (stuff.co.nz, 09 Jun 2017)
Impairment
In 2013 her lower right leg was amputated due to a type of bone cancer [osteosarcoma] in her heel bone. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; stuff.co.nz, 09 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2019 200m T64 30.33
14 2019 100m T64 14.51