Name: Liz Willis
Sport: Track and Field
Classification: T44
Height: 5-2
Weight: 130
DOB: 9/24/1986
Birthplace: Augusta, Kan.
Hometown: Sterling, Kan.
High School: Sterling High School (Sterling, Kans.)
College: Wichita State University ’09, B.A. Elementary Education; Wichita State University ’13, M.Ed. Special Education
Paralympic Experience
  • Paralympian (2016)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – heats (100m, 200m)
  • Years of Participation: 2015
  • Top Finish: Heats – 2015 (100m, 200m)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – Track & Field, bronze (100m, 400m); 4th (200m)
  • 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, 2nd (100m, 200m)
Personal: In 2010, Willis took a day off from her job as a teacher to visit the doctor after pain and sickness from her pregnancy. The trip resulted in an emergency delivery of her son, Calum, due to internal bleeding that was later discovered to be caused by Chrohn’s disease. Doctors were forced to amputate her left leg below the knee as Willis was forced to adjust to life as a new mother and amputee. A distance runner in high school, she pursued her passion for running and set her sights on becoming a U.S. Paralympian, transforming into a sprinter in the process. Six years later, she made her dream come true, qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. ...Daughter of Glen and Kimberly Holman…Has one younger sister, Kristen…Married to Buddy Willis…Has one son, Calum…Hobbies include camping, reading, zoo dates with her son, watching movies with her husband and swimming.