Lora Webster


Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 5-11
Hometown/ Current residence: Phoenix, Ariz./ Point Lookout, NY
Birth Year: 1986
College: University of Central Oklahoma, broadcasting
Nature of disability: Rotationplasty, left leg
Joined the team: 2003


  • Led the team in blocking (24) at the 2016 Intercontinental Cup, and finished with 23 kills and 9 aces for 56 points, fourth most overall
  • Started all eight matches during the 2016 Intercontinental Cup
  • Played in six sets and started one at the 2012 London Paralympic Games  
  • Scored a total of 10 points on five kills, three blocks and two aces during the London Paralympics, including a tourney-high five points against Slovenia 
  • Member of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team that was named the 2008 Paralympians of the Year
  • Finished the Beijing Paralympics with 29 points (15 kills, 13 blocks and one ace), tied for fourth best on the team
  • Started all five matches of the Beijing Paralympics, playing in 16 of the 17 sets in Beijing. Lora had five kills and five blocks in a five-set semifinal win over Netherlands. 
  • Named USA Volleyball Sitting Player of the Year in 2007 and 2004
  • Inaugural recipient of USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Female Sitting Volleyball Player Award
  • Was the team's leading scorer at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens 
  • Named MVP and Best Spiker at the 2003 Parapan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina 

 – ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold)
2012 – London Paralympic Games (Silver); Volleyball Masters (Gold) 
2010 – Parapan American Championship (Gold); World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold)
2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold); Eurocup (Gold)
2008 – Beijing Paralympic Games (Silver); WOVD Intercontinental Cup (Bronze)
– Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver)
2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championships
– Athens Paralympic Games in Athens (Bronze)
2003 – Parapan American Games (Gold)

  • At age 11, Lora was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left tibia. She later underwent a procedure known as rotationplasty to remove the cancerous bone, which included the knee. As part of the procedure, her lower leg was rotated 180 degrees and connected to the remnants of the femur. This gave her full range of movement, allowing her to play sports. In 1998, she was fitted with prosthesis
  • Lora played four years of high school volleyball, ran track for a year and also was on the diving team
  • In 2004, her high school volleyball team won the state title
  • She won the 2004 Spirit Award for varsity volleyball
  • Lora was honored at the 2004 Gene Autry Courage Awards in Tempe, Ariz.
  • In February 2006, she was named Cosmopolitan magazine's first "Fun Fearless Female Reader," winning a $10,000 cash prize
  • Lora has three children with her husband, Paul, whom she married in 2010
  • She began playing volleyball at age 5 at the YMCA
  • She made the Dean's List honor roll every semester in college
  • The people she admires most are her parents because, "they never told me no or discouraged me from trying new things. They have given me unending support throughout my life."
  • Her uncle, Bob Webster, has worked with the U.S. Men's and Women's Hockey teams for more than 25 years 
  • Her sister, Lisa (Webster) Yost played collegiate volleyball for the University of Nebraska - Omaha (1998-99) and the University of Tampa (1999-2002)
  • Her husband, Paul, played collegiate volleyball for the University of Delaware (1995-98)

Team USA: Mother's Day Q&A with Lora Webster
Standing successes influence Sitting players
Volleyball Magazine: Nothing to be sorry about
All Time Great USA Women's Sitting Volleyball Player
USA Volleyball Selects Athletes and Coaches of the Year

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