• Sport: Wheelchair Basketball Classification: 3.0

Quick Facts

Spinal cord damage dystrophy
How acquired
Wheelchair Basketball
How acquired
Maroubra, NSW
Student /teacher
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012


Her grandmother, mother and sister

Career Highlights

Representing Australia and medalling at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia for the first time and scoring a basket


Sarah Stewart’s wealth of experience and skill has made her a valued member of the Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team.

With three Paralympic campaigns under her belt, Sarah has continued to be a cornerstone of the Gliders. Most recently, she helped the team win gold in the 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Osaka Cups and was named tournament MVP in the 2012 win. She was also a part of the team that won silver at the London Paralympics.

After injuring herself when she was 16, Sarah developed dystrophy and turned to wheelchair sport at the end of 2001. In 2003, she made her first Australian team and debuted against the USA on her birthday.  In 2004, she represented Australia at the Athens Paralympics and brought home a silver medal and after another exciting four years with the Gliders, brought home a bronze medal from Beijing.

Sarah has also forged a decorated career in the WNWBL.  She won the 2011 championship with the Sydney Uni Flames as well as the championship every year from 2005 to 2010 with the Hills Hornets and was named in the WNWBL All-Star Five in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009 and 2010 Sarah was the WNWBL MVP in the 3-point classification and was also the 2010 WNWBL Highest point scorer. Meanwhile, in the NWBL, she won the championship with the West Sydney Razorbacks in 2004 and 2005.

Not only is Sarah a fierce athlete, she also describes herself as a “philosopher.” Her deep thinking saw her receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic and Sporting Achievement from Sydney University in 2003. Sarah has a BSC (Hons) in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and a BA in English, both from the University of New South Wales. She is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney University and is a scholarship holder in the Sydney University Elite Athlete Program.

Interestingly, Sarah also plays the saxophone in a band, teaches philosophy and maths and takes pride in her dragon collection.