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DEAN Sarah
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - University of Hawai'i at Manoa: Honolulu, HI, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began ski lessons with her father at age four and later moved into snowboarding.
Why this sport?
"Snowboarding was my first love. We skied every weekend, Whistler, Snoqualmie Pass, and various other mountains in that area. My first run I ever took as a snowboarder was at a spot called Bomber Bowl where there still is the remains of an aeroplane that crashed, and indeed it was a double black diamond. I followed my dad and made it through the moguls and as I entered the icy 40 miles per hour track I unfortunately collided with a lady and broke my tail bone."
General Interest
Hobbies
Interior design. (Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can either be a victim or a victor. I chose at a young age to be a victor." (surfgirlmag.com, 01 Dec 2019)
Other sports
Before her accident, she competed semi-professionally as an able-bodied surfer, and has since competed in adaptive surfing, including at the world championships in 2017. (surfgirlmag.com, 01 Dec 2019; nectarsunglasses.com, 01 Dec 2017; isaworlds.com, 27 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (surfgirlmag.com, 01 Dec 2019)
Impairment
In 2016 she was struck by a pickup truck while walking alongside the road and fell into a ravine. She was airlifted to hospital and underwent eight surgeries, having her right leg amputated below the knee in March 2017. (surfgirlmag.com, 01 Dec 2019; nectarsunglasses.com, 01 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.