“My name is Sara Shams. I was born with a rare congenital anomaly, known as tibial hemimelia, where the tibia and tibial side of the foot were entirely absent in both limbs. Both my fibula were present, however not weight bearing and thus not really useful. When I was 7 years old, my fibulas were amputated and I became a bilateral through knee amputee. This gave me an opportunity to use prosthetic limbs, however, the 7 year old me relished running around on my knees (using knee pads.) As a child I was very active and participated in various sports including athletics, netball, softball and running. As I grew older, I felt the need to properly start using my prostheses. Encouraged and supported by my family and friends, I was confidently walking on above knee prosthesis (without any aids) by the time I reached high school. I am thankful that my prosthesis has given me the chance to lead a normal and happy life. However, they have limited my ability to participate in some physical activities and it’s been a challenge to maintain and improve my fitness on my everyday legs.
My ‘sporting dream’ is to be able to participate in a range of sports activities. As well as group fitness (with family and friends) my aim is to enter and complete either the 10km Bridge to Brisbane walk, or the 14 km Sydney City to Surf - maybe even both?”
Sara recently attended an Ottobock 'Get Active' event in Sydney where, for the first time in her life, she tried running blades. Sara described running and being active on her legs as an amazing and liberating feeling, something she had never before experienced. This year, Sara successfully applied for a grant from START foundation to purchase running blades. Congratulations Sara, we can wait to see you fitted with your new running blades and look forward to seeing you increase your fitness and achieve your sporting dreams.