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Sydney Barta

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Arlington, VA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 13 in Indiana, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She began Para athletics after receiving her first prosthesis, and enjoyed it as a way to meet and compete against other people with impairments.
Name of coach
Joaquim Cruz [national]

International debut

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

General interest

Hobbies
Water skiing, playing the guitar, reading, spending time with her cat. (teamusa.org, 14 Aug 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T64 200m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother Laura. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her mother Laura. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Para sport is more than just a place to compete, it's a place to learn more about yourself, your disability, and educate yourself on other people's disabilities." (Twitter profile, 26 Aug 2020)
Awards and honours
She won the US Paralympics Track and Field 2019 Female Field High School Athlete of the Year award. (teamusa.org, 22 Nov 2019)
Other sports
She has played water polo for the US Junior Olympic team. (issuu.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Famous relatives
Her mother Laura Barta played basketball for Princeton University in New Jersey, United States of America. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete in basketball and athletics at university, compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (teamusa.org, 14 Aug 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; wjla.com, 30 Oct 2019)
Impairment
At age six she was competing in a race for her school when a piece of scaffolding fell on her left leg. She developed compartment syndrome while being treated in hospital and the wound became infected, which led to amputation. (teamusa.org, 04 Aug 2019; USA Water Polo YouTube channel, 17 Apr 2018; nbcwashington.com, 29 Feb 2016; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)