History

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

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

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

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

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

In the winter of 2004 – 05 Adam committed to skiing after years of snowboarding so he could compete in the Paralympics. (Snowboarding wasn’t included at that stage.)

Snowboarding is still close to Adam’s heart, and now to see it included in the Paralympics is incredible.

To be competitive in ski racing it’s important for Adam to train and race at home in New Zealand and in the Northern Hemisphere. He 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 Adam 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 Adam has 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.

He is 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 Adam 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. He is 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:

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3 – Paralympic Medals (2 Gold, 1 Bronze)

3- World Championship Medals (2 Bronze, 1 Silver)

4 – Overall Medals including 1 Crystal Globe

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101 – World Cup Starts

85- World Cup Finishes

27 – World Cup Podiums

12 – World Cup Wins

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Whang Youn Dai achievement Award 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics

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

2010 – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZOM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to sport

2011 – Nominee for Halberg awards – Sportsman of the year

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

2018 – Whang Youn Dai achievement Award – PyeongChang Paralympics

 

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