Sydney Barta lost her leg at six years old due to a metal scaffolding accident that shattered her left foot. Shortly after the accident, she developed compartment syndrome. Barta had a total of 21 surgeries before she was fitted for her first prosthetic, and she hasn’t slowed down since. As a high school athlete she has participated in varsity track, basketball, and volleyball. Her focus narrowed when she decided to enter every track and field event at an adaptive sport meet in Indiana. She went on to compete at the 2019 World Championships in multiple events, placing fourth in the 200 meters, discus, and shotput. Barta is making her first appearance in the Paralympics in 2021.
Away from the track:
Barta has found her routine when it comes to balancing her social life, school, and Paralympic pursuit. She is currently a senior in high school, and when she isn’t studying or training she’s teaching herself how to play guitar.
In their own words:
“The way I balance it is that you have to love every part of the process, and I really do believe that. You have to love working into the wee hours of the morning, you have to love the pain. There have been so many nights that I’ve been icing my knees while I’m studying for a test the next day. I love that. That’s how I love living my life.”
“I just felt like to have that space and community that was meant for me and meant for people like me was so special and I needed to take advantage of it.”
“You have to love working into the wee hours of the morning, you have to love the pain. There have been so many nights that I’ve been icing my knees while I’m studying for a test the next day. I love that. That’s how I love living my life.”
- Sport: Track & Field
- Limb Difference: Right below-knee
- DOB: 2/16/04
- Residence: Arlington, VA
- High school: National Cathedral School
- Classification: T64/F64