Sarah Edmiston (athletics) makes her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham, as does her event, the women’s discus event (F42-44/F61-64). The Perth mother of four is a born athlete, Sarah was water-skiing aged 19 when she severed the arteries in her right leg and also tore her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament). Only just avoiding amputation, Sarah asked her surgeons when she could start competing again, only to be told it would never happen. Sarah learned she was eligible to compete in Paralympic sport as an F44 athlete and quickly scaled the ranks to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. Selected to represent Australia for the first time at the London 2017 world championships, she won bronze in the discus F44 with a national record of 33.80m and also placed 7th in the shot put F44. Two years later, Sarah upgraded her world championships bronze to silver with another national record (36.43m) in the discus F64 and achieved a world no. 1 ranking in the F44 in 2020. Sarah claimed bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The mum-of-four – and grandmother – is coached by her husband Paul Edmiston who was a three-time national hurdles medallist.
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