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WEBSTER Lora
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthPhoenix, AZ, USA
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Paul Bargellini, daughter Madelyn, sons Colton and Kyle
Other names
Lora Webster-Bargellini
Residence
Point Lookout, NY, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Journalism/Broadcasting - University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing sitting volleyball in 2003.
Why this sport?
She was playing able-bodied volleyball at a tournament in California, United States of America, when she was approached by someone looking for players for a sitting volleyball team. She was initially hesitant but eventually agreed to try the sport.
Name of coach
Bill Hamiter [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Middle blocker
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and her sister Lisa. (uco.edu, 18 Aug 2014; teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2011)
Hero / Idol
American football player Peyton Manning. (USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Blocker at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (teamusa.org, 2016)

She was a member of the US national sitting volleyball team that was named the 2016 Paralympic Team of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 2016)

In 2015 she received the All-Time Great Female Sitting Player Award from USA Volleyball. She was the inaugural recipient of the award. (teamusa.org, 19 May 2015)

She was named Female Sitting Team Player of the Year in 2004 and 2007 by USA Volleyball. (teamusa.org, 2016)

She was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] and Best Spiker at the 2003 Parapan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. (USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her uncle Bob Webster has served as an equipment manager for the US men's and women's national ice hockey teams. Her husband Paul Bargellini played volleyball for the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, United States of America, while her sister Lisa Yost played volleyball for the University of Tampa in Florida, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 2016)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma [bone cancer] in her left tibia at age 11. She underwent rotationplasty surgery to remove the cancerous bone, including the knee, then rotating the lower leg 180 degrees and connecting it to the remnants of the femur. The ankle joint acts as the new knee to give her a full range of movement. (volleyballmag.com, 04 Dec 2015; USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Other information
PREGNANT PARALYMPIAN
She won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child Colton. She had kept the pregnancy secret from her teammates so they would not play hesitantly around her. "While we were on the medal stand I had my hand on my stomach, just enjoying the fact that he was up there with me. It will be a special thing that the two of us share." (volleyballmag.com, 04 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 Team  
2 2008 Team  
2 2012 Team  
1 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Team  
2 2018 Team