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Monday Meet-The-Rower : STEPHANIE WALKER

Monday Meet-The-Rower : STEPHANIE WALKER


Stephanie is one of our newer rowers and was welcomed to the squad in late 2016. She is classified PR3 [ID] or in the old classification system LTA ID.

Stephanie had a brain haemorrhage at birth but her parents tell us she “went on to be a happy, healthy child. At age 6 she had her first seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with ESES, a rare form of intractable epilepsy. The prognosis was unclear but along with intellectual regression her parents were warned of the potential of loss of language and loss of muscle control leading to a future in a wheelchair. Fortunately Stephanie remained physically strong and is rarely lost for words. In conjunction with excellent medical care, her parents attribute this to her passion for sport. She has competed in Special Olympics in both swimming and tennis and is a fiery netballer.

An intellectual disability has meant that many things are difficult for Steph. However, she is physically strong and has a determination and resilience that many people do not. Good coaching, understanding and encouragement are all she requires and this is exactly what she has experienced at Balmain Para Rowing. Barbara and Anne have been incredibly supportive and flexible and the whole community is one we have been delighted to be part of. We are looking forward to an involvement that will encompass sporting commitment, camaraderie and being part of the exciting plans and future of Balmain Para Rowing. This is an opportunity we are deeply grateful for.”

Stephanie was recently  selected to represent NSW in the  tennis squad for the  2018 Australian Special Olympics and is currently in intensive training. We wish her well and know she’ll bring glory to the team.

The Program values Steph and recognises her potential to be a winning rower. She is always enthusiastic, eager to improve her technique and listens to suggested changes to her rowing then attempts to bring about that change.

Steph is always front and centre when it comes to assisting either other rowers or when we have fundraising events. She is always sharing her smile, and her enthusiasm for life is infectious. Steph recently took part in an intensive five day camp where she rowed further than she had ever rowed before and came home having improved her rowing style enormously. She is a welcome addition to the squad and we are looking forward to her beginning her racing career this season.


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