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Amanda Rummery

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Marketing - MacEwan University: Edmonton, AB, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 20 in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I was looking to be physically active after losing my arm. Para athletics was one of the few sports available to arm impairment athletes."
Club / Team
Green and Gold Track and Field Club: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Name of coach
Maegan Ciesielski [personal]
Training Regime
She trains up to three hours per day across two sessions.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Canada
Location
Phoenix, AZ, USA

General interest

Nicknames
A-Rum (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Yoga, baking, travel. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US American football player Shaquem Griffin. (thepeopleofsports.com, 14 Feb 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I start the day with breakfast from my lucky bowl and lucky mug." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No excuses." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In July 2015 she crashed a quad bike into a tree at her grandmother's cabin in Kenora, ON, Canada. She sustained a brachial plexus injury, severing the nerves in her left arm from her spinal cord. After multiple operations were unable to repair the nerve damage, her left arm was amputated above the elbow in August 2018. She had the arm amputated again, at the shoulder, in September 2020. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; cbc.ca, 18 Aug 2019; Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2020, 27 Sep 2020)
Other information
AMPUTATION
She decided to have her left arm amputated in 2018 after a lack of feeling in her lower arm resulted in issues such as her unknowingly burning her hand. "I had asked the surgeons to amputate at the shoulder and they didn't just because they didn't want to give me something called phantom limb pain, which is where your nerves fire and it feels like your arm's getting stabbed or wherever the amputated limb is. They also wanted me to be able to wear prosthetics, so that's why they amputated at the elbow." In September 2020 she had the arm amputated at the shoulder. "Even though this is way better than what it was [speaking before her second amputation], it's not perfect. I think when I amputate out at the shoulder it will be. Amputating was so much fun I've opted to go under the knife once more." (thepeopleofsports.com, 14 Feb 2020; Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2020, 27 Sep 2020)