Sarah Rudder

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Family
Husband Marcus Rudder, one son
Residence
Temecula, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics following the amputation of her left leg in 2014.
Why this sport?
She discovered that competing helped to give her a purpose in life.

General interest

Other sports
She competed in sitting volleyball and swimming at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, FL, United States of America. (invictusgames2016.org, 10 May 2016)
Impairment
Serving as a US Marine at the time of the 9/11 attack on the United States of America, she sustained an injury to her left leg after a cement block fell on it as she worked on the clean-up operation at the Pentagon. The limb was eventually amputated below the knee in 2014 following five operations. (espn.co.uk, 11 May 2016; abcnews.go.com, 10 May 2016)
Other information
MARINE TO ATHLETE
Previously a US Marine, she was at the Pentagon in the United States of America on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks as she was taking part in a ceremony to mark her promotion to lance corporal. She was able to assist others to safety immediately after the attack, and two days later she returned to help remove the remains of victims. It was during this operation that a concrete block fell on her left leg, causing an injury that required five operations and eventually led to the amputation of the limb in 2014. "The pain was debilitating, I couldn't take it anymore. [Now] I feel like I'm back in high school again. I'm able to hit the track and keep up with athletes that are much younger than me, and it's an amazing feeling. My only regret was that I wish I had done it sooner." (espn.co.uk, 11 May 2016; abcnews.go.com, 10 May 2016)

PROSTHETIC
The prosthetic leg she competes with has a picture of 'Wonder Woman' on it. "Even though she's not exactly real, we still have someone to look up to and know that a woman is known for her strength. I want to be known for that as well." (abcnews.go.com, 10 May 2016)