Amy Winters

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Amy Winters
271000 - Athletics track T46 Amy Winters celebrates gold - 3b - 2000 Sydney race photo.jpg
Winters celebrates her gold medal winning run at the 2000 Summer Paralympics. This was either the 100 m T46 or 200 m T46 event (Winters won gold in both).
Personal information
Full name Amy Louise Winters
Nationality  Australia
Born 19 March 1978
Kempsey, New South Wales
Winters celebrates one of her two gold medal wins at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Winters shown smiling pre race at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Amy Louise Winters, OAM[2] (born 19 March 1978)[3] is an arm amputee Australian Paralympic athlete. She won seven medals at three Paralympics including five gold medals.

She was born in Kempsey, New South Wales without her lower right arm.[4] She has two older sisters.[1] She attended Kempsey High School and after leaving school in 1995 worked for Kempsey Shire Council. Whilst in Kempsey, she was coached by Lloyd Smith.[1][5] At the 1994 IPC Athletics World Championships in Berlin, she won silver medals in the Women's 100, and 200 m and long jump T45-46 events. She made her Paralympics debut as an 18-year old at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she won a gold medal in the Women's 200 m T42-46 event, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[2] and a bronze medal in the Women's 100 m T42-46 event.[6] After the Atlanta Games, She moved to Sydney after she was offered a job with Westpac under the Paralympic Employment Program for elite athletes with disabilities. In Sydney she was coached by Col Wright.[1] At the 1998 IPC Athletics World Championships in Birmingham, she won gold medals in the Women's 100 m and 200m T46 events.[citation needed]

At 2000 Sydney Games, she won two gold medals in the 100 m T46 and 200 m T46 events, and a bronze medal in the 400 m T46 event.[6] She felt under enormous pressure going into the Sydney Games due to being the 200 m title holder from Atlanta. She said "“I did feel a lot of pressure, but the greatest pressure I felt was the pressure I put on myself. I remember before my final in the 200m, I felt like I was going to be physically sick. I’d never felt like that before. My usual mindset was ‘whatever happens happens."[4] She won two more gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games in the 100 m and 200 m T46 events.[6] She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder in the lead up to the Athens Games and was coached by Iryna Dvoskina.[7] She retired in 2005.[4]

In 2012, she is Australian Paralympic Committee's Manager, Marketing and Sponsorship.[8] She is married to Sean and in January 2010 she gave birth to their first child Tom.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Louise (19 October 1997). "Winters of Content". Sydney Morning Herlad. 
  2. ^ a b c "Winters, Amy Louise". It's an Honour. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games, Sydney. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sydney set the standard says sprint queen". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 15 September 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Career Path - Amy Winters". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 July 2000. 
  6. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Contact Us". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Winters, Amy Louise: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Australian Little Athletics induct inaugural Roll of Excellence". Little Athletics Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "NSW Hall of Champions inducts five outstanding athletes". Sydney Olympic Park Authority News, 25 July 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.