Sarah Leiter (Handford 2006-2008)

Junior doctor aiming for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo
Sarah Leiter

Which A Levels did you study?

I studied Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

If you went to university, where did you go and what did you study? If you didn’t go to university, what did you do instead?

I studied Medicine at Newnham College, Cambridge, on their MB/PhD programme

What are you doing now and what plans do you have for the future?

I am currently working at a junior doctor. I’m interested in becoming a geneticist and would also like to work in research. I am also aiming to represent Great Britain at goal ball at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

What influence has Lancing had on your life?

Lancing gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a medical doctor despite having a visual impairment. It also provided an environment where I could follow my faith and grow from a child to an adult in a safe environment.

Which hobbies or interests did you pick up during your time at Lancing?

I picked up so many new hobbies at Lancing – my housemistress never knew where to find me! I enjoyed most sports (sailing, climbing and running) and gained the confidence to try out new sports which later on led to playing goal ball. I was also heavily involved in chapel as a server. I also worked with disabled children through outreach opportunities which was an invaluable experience for becoming a doctor.

Are you still in touch with people you met at Lancing?

Yes, I have stayed close friends with people I met at Lancing.

Which OL activities have you taken part in since you left?

I attend the Medical dinners.

What advice would you give to a new pupil who is about to start at Lancing?

Embrace all the opportunities given to you and be sure to try out new things.