Amanda Ford joined the United States Marine Corps, during basic training she received the Molly Marine Award. This award is presented to one recruit, chosen by her peers in each graduating platoon that demonstrates qualities of an exemplary marine. After basic training, she was an aviation operation specialist. Amanda was an extreme asset to the unit and deployed to combat after only one month. By her second deployment to combat Cpl Ford was now the Chief of Aviation Operations. Ford earned five gold combat air medals.
After completing her service in 2008, she officially started competing in 2015. Being her first year throwing, she quickly placed herself at the top of the list of the North American Scottish Games Athletics Roster (nasgaweb.com). Ending her 2015 season she ranked 23rd out of 571 competitors. Starting her second season off strong, she started turning heads and making interest for other games by more requests for female athletes. Amanda was chosen for the East Coast/West Coast women’s heavy athletics challenge highland games. Later that year, she was also chosen for the US World Championship Highland Games in Pleasanton, California.
2016 only grew for Amanda, gaining new personal records, pushing her goals, increasing amount of personal invitations. One of her greatest accomplishments in 2016 was taking a huge win at the 61st Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. This was the very first time women were allowed to compete there. Making more interest and entertainment, Amanda Ford landed herself on the cover of Endurance Magazine. She ended her second season ranked 24th out of 619.
In 2017, she was chosen as one out of seven athletes to compete in the very first indoor highland games at the USA Arnold’s Sport Festival, the largest multi-sport festival in the world. She took home 4th place. Amanda also made her second debut at the US World Championship Highland Games. At the end of 2017, she was ranked 21st in the nation out of 638. 2018 was her second appearance at the Arnold.
Most recently she was chosen as the Captain for the traditional athletes for Uncle Sam's Highlanders bringing adaptive Highland Games to Scotland.