Sarah Castle

Sarah Castle is a two-time Paralympian (2000, 2004) in the sport of swimming, and a silver medalist in the 100m breaststroke. In 2003, shoulder surgery vastly limited her involvement in swimming, which prompted Castle to take one of her personal hobbies a step further. She enrolled at the University of Illinois, where she was recruited to play wheelchair basketball, and during her tenure won three National Championships.

With a new wealth of basketball experience under her belt, Castle joined the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball National Team in 2005, and competed in her second Paralympic sport at the Games in Beijing. After winning a silver medal in swimming, Castle secured her first-ever Paralympic Gold medal when Team USA defeated Germany in the finals.

Castle graduated from Illinois in December of 2006 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Major Achievements:

  • 2010: Gold medal - IWBF Gold Cup, Birmingham, England
  • 2008: Gold medal - U.S. Paralympic Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008: First place - Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge, Warm Springs, GA
  • 2008: First place - North American Cup, Birmingham, AL
  • 2008: First place - Osaka Cup, Osaka, Japan
  • 2008: NWBA Women's Division National Championship - University of Illinois
  • 2007: Gold medal - Parapan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2006: Silver medal - IWBF Gold Cup (World Championships), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2005-2006: Won Most Improved Woman Award at University of Illinois and the NWBA
  • 2005: Gold medal - America's World Cup, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 2004: Member of U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team
  • 2000: Silver medal - 100m breaststroke - Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia
  • Three-time National Champion - University of Illinois Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team (2003-04, 2006)