Sarah Edmiston’s dream of competing at the World Para Athletics Championships in London was realised earlier this year with support from the Community Living and Participation Grant.
Sarah, a discus and shot-put thrower, won bronze in the women’s discus F44 event in July while wearing an Armor Fourcepoint protective knee brace which she was able to purchase through the CLPG program.
A talented athlete as a teenager, Sarah’s career was postponed when she damaged her knee in a water-skiing accident at the age of 19. Tearing her ACL and PCL and severing arteries and nerves, she had emergency surgery to save her leg and wore a hip-to-toe plaster for three months. It took a year to relearn how to walk.
She eventually returned to training and competed for several years as an able-bodied athlete. However without an expensive corrective knee brace, Sarah was unable to train or compete at full capacity.
Now that she has the Armour Fourcepoint brace, which protects her knee from further damage while training and competing, Sarah has her sights on the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.