Physical Challenge: Below Knee Amputee
Sports: Volleyball, Tennis
Hometown: Salem, OR
Annie is an athletic, energetic, positive girl who loves sports and her family. Annie was born with Fibular Hemimelia of her right lower extremity. A Symes amputation was performed when she was 9 months old and she has been using a prosthetic leg since. She received her first prosthetic at 11 months. As Annie grew up, she was very active, but she did everything on a regular walking leg. When she was about 10, Annie received her first grant for an athletic leg. She used this leg to play soccer and run. As she got older, her interests changed, and Annie began to play volleyball. With the help of Challenged Athletes Foundation, she was able to fly to Oklahoma, Texas, and Brazil to train and play sitting volleyball. CAF has also provided her with grants for three athletic legs and the Sam Day Rising Star Award. Annie hopes to be an inspiration to many, and she continues to work hard every day to achieve her goals.
Annie has been training with the US National Women’s Sit Volleyball Team. Annie traveled to Brazil to play in the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games and she hopes to be in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Along with sitting volleyball, Annie plays indoor standing volleyball on her club’s 18u team as a setter. She is a hopeful girl with big dreams, and she doesn’t let her disability define her.