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Anna Steven

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - University of Auckland: New Zealand

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began running competitively at age 16 in 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"Running is freedom, it feels like flying. My dream is to represent New Zealand at the Paralympics and to break world records, but I'm taking it step by step. I saw an opportunity to become a national-level athlete where I could push my limits. I also saw it as an opportunity where I could inspire others living with disability to get involved in sport."
Club / Team
North Harbour Bays Athletics: Auckland, NZL

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Wearing the New Zealand kit for the first time. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand Para sprinter Liam Malone. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Injuries
From 2016 to 2018 she suffered from compartment syndrome in her lower left leg. In August 2018 she underwent a fasciotomy [an operation where connective tissue is cut] to correct the problem, and she needed three months to recover. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take life as it comes and just make the most of it. If you want something hard enough, you can go get it. Nothing is impossible." (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
She won the 2020 Blues Awards in Sports from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. (auckland.ac.nz, 30 Sep 2020)

In 2018 she was named Para Athlete of the Year by the North Harbour Bays Athletics club in Auckland, New Zealand. (baysathletics.co.nz, 01 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Games in Paris. (stuff.co.nz, 09 Jun 2017)
Impairment
In 2013 her lower right leg was amputated due to a type of bone cancer [osteosarcoma] in her heel bone. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; stuff.co.nz, 09 Jun 2017)