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Sarah Gillies

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW4

Further personal information

Residence
Orangeville, ON, CAN
Occupation
Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age two, and started racing in 2011.
Why this sport?
"My inspiration was going to Whistler [in British Columbia, Canada] and watching the [2010] Paralympics. I started racing in 2011, I was nine years old at the Ontario Winter Games in a Para race. At that time I was too afraid to race able-bodied kids at that point. I didn't want to be too slow. The following year I decided to race at Mansfield and I decided to race with able bodied kids and I've been racing ever since."
Club / Team
Orangeville: Orangeville, ON, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Mountain biking and running. (alpineontario.ca, 01 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft. (cg2015.gems.pro, 01 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To reach your goals, you have to step outside of your comfort zone." (ugdsb.ca, 25 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she received a Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence [FACE] award grant from Petro-Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. (olympic.ca, 27 Feb 2018; alpineontario.ca, 01 Jan 2017)
Other sports
She has competed in cross-country running at provincial school level in Ontario, Canada. (orangeville.com, 06 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (citizen.on.ca, 17 Nov 2017)
Impairment
She was born without the fibula in her right leg and had the limb amputated at age seven months. The limb was amputated below the knee when she was age seven months. (orangeville.com, 16 Mar 2015)