Sara is one of the most experienced athletes in the GB squad, having competed in two Commonwealth Games for Wales (Manchester and Melbourne) and the Paralympic Games in London where she and team-mate Jane Campbell came back from 2-0 down to win the bronze medal in the women’s class 1-3 team event.
Sara represented GB in wheelchair basketball in European and World Championships and was reserve for the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. She was introduced to table tennis in 2001 by a boyfriend and in taking secret lessons to enable her to beat him she discovered she had a talent and a passion for the sport. Fast-tracked by Wales she was taking part in her first competition after only three months and since then she has won seven medals in major championships, including European team gold in 2011 with her great friend Jane Campbell.
In 2013 Sara took gold with Jane Campbell in the women’s team event (class 1-3) at the Bayreuth Open in Germany and then took a bronze medal in the singles and a bronze in the team event with Campbell at the European Championships in Italy. Following an operation during the winter Sara had to fight her way back to fitness in 2014 and took bronze medals in the team event with Jane Campbell in Slovenia and Slovakia. Although she reached the last 16 in the singles at the World Championships she and Jane could not produce their best form in the team event and did not progress from their group.
Illness and further surgery during the winter hampered Sara’s preparations for the 2015 season and by her own standards it was a disappointing year culminating in the European Championships in Denmark where she did not progress from the group stages in the singles and lost out on a medal in the team event with Jane on countback.
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