Sara Shams – a START foundation grant recipient, will share her story and experience on “Collaboration and Teamwork- Paramount to achieving Your Goal” at the YTM  Progressive Business Networking Dinner at The Deck, 212 Bay Street, Brighton on Tuesday 30th July, 2019.

Sara was born with a rare congenital anomaly, known as tibial hemimelia, where the tibia and tibial side of the foot were entirely absent in both limbs. Both her fibula were present, however not weight bearing and thus not really useful.

Encouraged and supported by her family and friends, she was confidently walking on above knee prosthesis (without any aids) by the time she reached high school. Her prosthesis had given her the chance to lead a normal and happy life. However, they have limited her ability to participate in some physical activities and it’s been a challenge to maintain and improve her fitness on her everyday legs.

START foundation empowers amputees in life through sport. START awarded a grant to Sara so she could purchase two running blades and strive to achieve her sporting dream. Sara’s sporting dream is to participate in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane 5km run and one day she hopes to run in the 14km Sydney City to Surf event.

Employed in Learning and Development role in Brisbane, Sara has a personal and professional understanding of how collaboration and teamwork are essential skills that are paramount to achieving your goals.

Your Time Matters has been bringing business owners and professionals together for conversations that amplify and inspire for almost six years. Access to guest speakers, panels and stories enriches the business networking experience and illustrates skills, both personally and professionally and prompts authentic conversations to learn, grow and achieve.

Michelle Jelleff, Founding Director of START foundation, will also be at the dinner and available for interview.

Bookings for the Dinner can be made

For further information or to arrange an interview contact:

Kerryn Powell, Founder of Your Time Matters on 0414 856 616 or email


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