Sara Groenewegen is currently living in her home town of White Rock, British Columbia. In June of 2018, she decided to move back home from her position with the University of Oklahoma with a view to focus on her strength training and softball skills in pursuit and preparations of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
With an eye to regaining full strength and energy after an incapacitating health scare in the summer of 2018, Sara successfully made a comeback in the 2019 season - she appeared to come back stronger than ever.
Groenewegen was only given a 3% chance to live after being placed in a medically induced coma as her body could not oxygenate blood as her lungs were too infected. Since then, Sara has a new appreciation for the word conquer: to overcome and/or take control. Groenewegen conquered her adversities in 2018 and came back in full force in 2019.
Groenewegen and her team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games on September 1. Right now, she is looking at ways to build relationships with her local communities and take in everything she can before she leaves for centralization in the new year.
Since qualifying for the Olympics, Groenewegen hopes continue to embody a role that supports a continuum of personal development along with building on the foundation she already has with the rest of the members of Team Canada.
Additionally, Groenewegen battles a disease on the daily basis - she has since she was nine years old. Groenewegen is type 1 diabetic and continues to persevere through daily adversity. Managing diabetes is not easy, and Sara continues to be humbled by the disease, but she does not let it conquer her. She hopes to continue to be a role model to up and coming athletes. Groenewegen wants to show those young athletes that type 1 diabetics can play sport at the highest level, no matter their circumstance.