Amy Burk

Amy Burk

 

Amy Burk (nee Kneebone) started competing at the elite level in 2005 after taking up the sport of goalball just one year earlier at age 13 when her vision teacher introduced her to the PEI goalball team coach.  Like her teammate Whitney Bogart, Burk needed two tries at goalball before embracing the sport as a youngster as the speed and strength of the game caught her off guard.

Burk represented Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, where the team placed fifth each time. Among her biggest sport accomplishments and medal performances was winning gold at the 2011 IBSA World Championships and Games in Turkey, which qualified the team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

She also competed at the World Goalball Championships in 2006, winning the gold medal, and was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara.

When someone tells her there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under her and her instant reaction is to prove otherwise. Her passion and drive has made her a valuable team member both on and off the court.

Career Highlights

2011 and 2015 Parapan American Games… 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games… World champion in 2006 and 2011… Bronze at 2015 World Championships

Personal

Athlete’s representative with Canadian Blind Sports…

Notable International Results

  • 2015 World Championships 3rd
  • 2012 Paralympic Games 5th
  • 2011 Parapan American Games 3rd  
  • 2011 World Championships 1st
  • 2008 Paralympic Games 5th
  • 2006 World Championships 1st

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Goalball Goalball - Women 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Goalball Goalball - Women 5