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Alex Cairns

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Squamish, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 2007 in Whistler, BC, Canada, through the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. Prior to that he was involved in mountain biking. His father came up with a system of velcro straps to attach his feet to his bike pedals, so that he could ride around their hometown, Squamish, BC, with his friends. He continued mountain biking until he was age 16, when a knee injury forced him to stop. After looking at YouTube videos of athletes pulling off freestyle sit-skiing tricks, he was inspired to try skiing.
Why this sport?
His family signed him up for lessons. "My mum and grandma signed me up for a lesson with Whistler Adaptive Sports. I was reluctant because I hated the idea of disabled sports. It was cold and hard to learn and falling over on the flats and not being able to pick yourself up is really frustrating. I joined the BC [British Columbia] Team and then once you're on the BC Team, with Para sport, your focus is to go further and get to the [Paralympic] Games, because there's no other avenue for skiing. There's no big mountain or park or anything like that, so you start racing and you get into it."
Club / Team
British Columbia Para Alpine Ski Team [BCPAST]: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Name of coach
Lasse Ericsson [national], SWE

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Panorama, BC, CAN

General interest

Kayaking, hiking, cycling. (, 01 Jan 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Skier of the Year by the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
He was born with spina bifida. (, 16 Feb 2018; IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other information
He works in ticket validation at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada. (Facebook profile, 23 Oct 2017)


Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 16
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 14
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 10
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 11
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 7
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9999