History

I was born on 9 October 1987 with a disability called Spina Bifida.

I discovered snow sports at six, when the mother of a friend who also has Spina Bifida encouraged me to try skiing. I was already involved in sport at school, especially cricket.

I loved skiing straight away but, at that age, didn’t have the independence or skill to be very good.

Three years later, I was introduced to snowboarding by another friend and found the freedom, independence and (most of all) speed I was looking for!

Since then, I’ve spent my winters travelling back and forth between Wanaka skifields and my family’s farm at Outram on the Taieri Plains near Dunedin.

In the winter of 2004 – 05 I committed to skiing after years of snowboarding so I could compete in the Paralympics. (Snowboarding isn’t included, as yet.)

Snowboarding is still close to my heart, however and it’s one of my dreams to see it included in the Paralympics.

To be competitive in ski racing it’s important for me to train and race at home in New Zealand and in the Northern Hemisphere. I began to concentrate on that back in 2002 when snowboard training in Canada to promote disabled snowboarding.

It was a proud day in June 2005 when I was named in the New Zealand Disabled Ski Team and, in September, in the New Zealand Paralympic Ski Team to compete in the 2006 Games at Torino, Italy.

It was just an amazing thrill for a 10-year dream come true and to see all the hard work pay off. There’s more, plenty more, to follow.
From the Torino Paralympics I have been living back-to-back winters and racing on the World Cup circuit alongside the very best athletes in the world and meeting interesting and dedicated people from all over the world.

I’m a “carded” athlete with the New Zealand Academy of Sport, South Island and benefit from coaching, sport science, and sports medicine expertise through the Academy’s official providers.

In mid-2008 I was privileged to be accepted into the Pinnacle Programme, the New Zealand sports mentor organisation, backed by Hyundai New Zealand, which provides young athletes with a range of professional and personal skills to help them reach world-best status. I am the first snow sports athlete in Pinnacle, and the first with a disability.

Other Pinnacle athletes include sailor Andrew Murdoch, wake boarder Andrea Fountain, swimmer Moss Burmester, distance runner Kate McIlroy, triathlete Debbie Tanner and rower Storm Uru.

 

Achievements to-date:

3-time Paralympian – 1 Gold medal 2010 Winter Paralympic Slalom Gold Medallist

4-time World Cup wins in 2012 (Slalom (2), Super G, and Super Combined); 2013 World Cup win in Slalom

4-time World Championships – 1 Silver medal- 1 Bronze medal

Over 20 World Cup Podium appearances

4 World Cup “overall” medals including a Crystal Globe

6-time winner of the “Wells Fargo World Invitational Bank Cup”

Personal Highlights:

2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2012 New Zealand Snow Sports Athlete of the Year

2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011- 2012  New Zealand Snow Sports Adaptive Athlete of the Year

2007 – 2008 – 2009 – 2010 New Zealand Disabled Skier of the Year

2010 – Otago Sportsman of the Year and Otago Sportsperson of the Year

2010 – Induction into the Wanaka Hall of Fame

2011 – Nominee for Halberg awards – Sportsman of the year

2011 – Finalist for Halberg Awards – Best Sporting Moment of 2010

 

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