Morgan Stickney started swimming competitively at 10 years old as an able-bodied swimmer. In 2013 she broke two small bones in her left big toe, a seemingly harmless injury. However, chronic pain eventually forced her to stop swimming, and an infection ultimately necessitated amputation of her left leg below the knee in 2018. About a year later Stickney fractured her right foot and was diagnosed with a rare vascular disorder, requiring Stickney to have her right leg amputated below the knee. In early 2020 she began training for the 2024 Paralympics, but when the Tokyo Games were postponed, she took advantage of the extra year and qualified for the 2020 Games.
Away from the pool:
Stickney is a pre-med student and is on track to qualify for medical school.
In their own words:
“A little over a year ago I couldn’t even walk. I was just sitting in a wheelchair without legs. We have all these videos and pictures of me at Spaulding (Rehabilitation Network in Boston) learning how to walk as a bilateral amputee and it’s pretty incredible to see how far I’ve come in a year.”
“If I’m having a hard day, I love looking back on it thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I couldn’t even walk up a ramp a year ago and now I’m doing my thing. It’s cool to see, especially because I feel like people in the para community have been the way they are for a long time. I’m so new, so to be able to swim with them is so amazing.”
“I think the biggest thing for me is I’m so grateful for everyone in my life. I really wouldn’t be where I’m at without the amazing people in my life. And so, I’m just thanking them and trying to spend time with them before I go to Tokyo and just training as hard as I can to see where I can go.”
“I’ve been through hell the last few years, but I’m stronger because of it. Hopefully I can show others that, although life isn’t perfect, you can still find happiness.”
- Sport: Swimming
- Limb Difference: Bilateral below-knee
- DOB: June 1997
- Residence: Bedford, NH
- College: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
- Classification: S8