Lora Webster


Name: Lora Webster
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 5-11
DOB: 8/26/1986
Birthplace: Phoenix, Ariz.
Hometown: Point Lookout, N.Y.
High School: Cactus Shadows
College: Stony Brook University
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Gold)
  • 2012: London Paralympic Games (Silver)
  • 2008: Beijing Paralympic Games (Silver)
  • 2004: Paralympic Games in Athens (Bronze)
World Championship Experience
  • 2010: Parapan American Championship (Gold)
  • 2006: Sitting Volleyball World Championships
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016: ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold); Exhibition tournament vs. Russia; Dutch Tournament (First place)
  • 2012: Volleyball Masters (Gold)
  • 2010: WOVD World Cup (Gold)
  • 2009: Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold); Eurocup (Gold)
  • 2008: WOVD Intercontinental Cup (Bronze)
  • 2007: Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver)
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  • Named "Best Blocker" of the 2016 Paralympic Games with 19 blocks and 38 rebounds
  • Member of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team named Team USA's 2016 "Best Paralympic Team"
  • 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
  • Inaugural recipient of USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Female Sitting Volleyball Player Award
  • 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
  • Named USA Volleyball Sitting Player of the Year in 2007 and 2004
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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)
Personal: She began playing volleyball at age 5 at the YMCA

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