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Abbey Van Duzer

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Guelph, ON, CAN
Occupation
Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age eight at the Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the Ontario Track 3 Ski Association in Canada, an organisation that introduces children with impairments to skiing. "Some friends of the family have a daughter with a leg amputation and she is a great Para skier. They convinced us to give it a try and I really liked it and felt I was good at it. If it wasn't for them, I never would have gotten into skiing."
Club / Team
Ontario Para-Alpine Ski Team: Canada
Name of coach
David White [personal]

General interest

Nicknames
Abb (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Volleyball. (guelphmercury.com, 12 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US Para alpine skier Melanie Schwartz. (cg2019.gems.pro, 15 Feb 2019)
Injuries
In January 2021 she sustained a concussion after falling during training in Calgary, AB, Canada. She was still feeling the effects of the concussion in August 2021. (guelphtoday.com, 12 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was awarded the Heart of Sport Award at the Cambridge Sport Awards in Ontario, Canada. The award recognised her local volleyball achievements as well as Para alpine skiing. (cambridge.ca, 31 Dec 2019)
Impairment
Her right leg was half the size of her left leg at birth due to proximal femoral focal deficiency. The leg was amputated above the knee at age two. (guelphmercury.com, 12 Mar 2019; waterloochronicle.ca, 15 Feb 2013)
Other information
EYE CONDITION
She has an eye condition which means she can only see out of one eye at a time. "I've had it for my whole life so it's kind of normal for me and I can switch between them. I can see whatever, just not [out of both eyes] at the same time. It's not too difficult just because I've had it for my whole life, but I'm sure if someone had it now it would be a little difficult to get used to. You can't tell when I switch it, but I can switch it just by looking. It's very weird." (guelphtoday.com, 12 Aug 2021)

GRANT
In 2021 she and coach David White were one of 55 athlete-coach partnerships selected to receive a 10,000 Canadian dollar grant from Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence [FACE] programme. The grant is awarded to athletes with the potential to represent Canada at the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games. (guelphtoday.com, 12 Aug 2021; olympic.ca, 08 Sep 2021)