Sarah Stewart – Wheelchair Basketball
Sarah Stewart, born in 1976, is a great athlete and academic. After injuring herself, Sarah Stewart developed dystrophy and tried her hand at wheelchair sports, focussing in particular on wheelchair basketball.
In 2003, Sarah had made her first Australian team and in 2004, she represented Australia at the Athens Paralympic Games with the Gliders, helping them bring home a silver medal. After a thrilling four years with the Gliders, Sarah competed in Beijing for the Paralympics in 2008. She helped the team bring home a bronze medal when they defeated Canada, 53-47.
Sarah’s athletic career is not the only thing she excels at. She describes herself as a philosopher and it is this deep thinking that led her to complete her BSC (Hons) in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, along with a BA in English, both from the University of New South Wales.
Player classifications range from 1.0 point (high level of disability) to 4.5 points (minimal level of disability). Each team is allowed 14 points on the court.