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Sarah Mickey

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Residence
Medicine Hat, AB, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Administration Studies - Medicine Hat College: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para athletics at age 17 in Medicine Hat, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try Para sport after it was introduced to high school provincial tournaments in Canada. "They started me in wheelchair racing. I'm not really a cardio person, so I didn't really enjoy that. The last year they put in throws. I started in shot put and then I took on all three [throwing disciplines]."

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Lima, PER

General interest

Hobbies
Volunteering, spending time with family and friends. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other sports
She has played Para ice hockey for the Canada national team and Canadian club side Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds. Prior to her illness she practised figure skating. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; womenshockeylife.com, 26 Nov 2015; paralympic.ca, 23 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She began to lose the feeling in her lower body in 2014 due to Lyme disease and transverse myelitis. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; womenshockeylife.com, 26 Nov 2015)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
In 2020 she spoke about struggling with her mental health the previous year. "2019 was a year that broke me, but it was also a year that I learned how to stand on my own two feet again, literally and figuratively. It was a year of some of my lowest moments but also some of my greatest triumphs. Sports-wise I excelled, I got to travel and compete in Dubai, Peru, Montreal, Phoenix, and San Diego to name a few. Track gave me an outlet away from my reality. It truly gave me an escape from what I was feeling inside. My personal life is where things did not go so great for me. I know physical pain and unfortunately I know it well and I've spent the past several years learning to cope with that pain. What I didn't know was the mental pain and exhaustion that can occur within someone. The pure exhaustion that concurs with anxiety and depression is out of this world. It constantly eats away at you and makes you feel worthless. I didn't reach out and I didn't get help. Looking back this is my absolute biggest regret. I still have my bad days but they no longer outweigh the good. I have friends, family, teammates, coaches and co-workers that love and support me and I also know that I can lean on them when things seem unbearably tough and for that I am forever thankful." (Facebook profile, 29 Jan 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F54/55 Final 1 2019-11-15 5
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F55 Final 2021-08-27 6