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Kerry Morgan

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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mughan Morgan, twin sons
Residence
St. Louis, MO, USA
Occupation
Executive, Occupational Therapist, Professor
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Texas Christian University: Fort Worth, TX, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in St. Louis, MO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She originally played wheelchair rugby and took up Para athletics during the off-season. "I was really looking for something to cross-train. Everyone told me that wheelchair track would really help me biomechanically get a better push in my chair, help with where my hands should be and just be a great tool. I found a coach in St. Louis that really helped me out and I started to see that I can be good at this too."

General interest

Hobbies
Handcycling, wheelchair rugby. (unitedspinal.org, 31 Aug 2020; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“When you are persistent for a considerable period of time, it does pay off at the end." (stlmag.com, 18 May 2017)
Awards and honours
She received the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award in 2012 from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, United States of America. (ot.wustl.edu, 2015)
Other sports
She has represented the United States of America in wheelchair rugby, and has captained the St. Louis Rugby Rams in Missouri, United States of America. (paraquad.org, 25 Oct 2012)
Milestones
In 2009 she became the first woman to be named to the US wheelchair rugby team. (teamusa.org, 2019; USA Wheelchair Rugby Facebook page, 13 Oct 2020; source.wustl.edu, 15 Oct 2018)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with transverse myelitis as a baby, which affected her spinal cord and caused permanent impairments from the chest down. (magazine.tcu.edu, 07 Sep 2011)
Other information
CAREER CROSSROADS
In December 2019 the International Paralympic Committee removed her event, the T52 100m, from the Paralympic Games programme because there weren't enough athletes racing in the classification. As a result, in 2020 she said she was yet to decide whether she would end her athletic career or try a new sport such as handcycling. "It appears a lot of things are being cut from athletes who have higher impairments or less function. So you end up with a lot of sports being offered for people with more physical ability. There are more of them, so I get it. But we need to rethink how we organise events with a caveat that some classes need to remain because they offer opportunities for athletes that aren't going to get them elsewhere. I appreciate the challenge of it [handcycling], and I'm doing something that motivates me to keep moving my body and pushing the limits a little bit. But whether I move my commitment from recreation to competition is to be determined. I need to see if this is something that motivates me enough to want to rearrange my life again and basically get up at 05:00 every morning so I can get my workouts in before I go to work." (unitedspinal.org, 31 Aug 2020)

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY
She works as the team manager of St. Louis Spartans, a wheelchair rugby team in St. Louis, MO, United States of America. She also works with the Disabled Athlete Sports Association. (USA Wheelchair Rugby Youtube channel, 13 Oct 2020; ksdk.com, 19 Oct 2018)

OCCUPATION
She works as an assistant professor of occupational therapy and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, United States of America. She is also chairperson of Paraquad, a non-profit organisation that promotes independent living for people with impairments. "I think being an athlete and doing the training actually helped me become a better professional. Setting goals, understanding how to achieve them, and adding overall balance to my life. It all kind of fed into each other." (stltoday.com, 12 Jan 2016; paraquad.org, 12 Jan 2016; source.wustl.edu, 15 Oct 2018)

FURTHER STUDIES
In 1998 she gained a master's degree in occupational therapy from Washington University, and in 2015 she gained a PhD in movement science from the same university. (teamusa.org, 12 Jun 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T52 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T52 Final 2011-01-22 2
Women's 200 m T52 Final 2011-01-24 2
Women's 400 m T52 Final 2011-01-26 2
Women's 800 m T52 Final 2011-01-28 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
Women's 200 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-23 2
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Women's 400 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-17 2