Alex Clarke

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Dronfield, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English, Mandarin
Higher education
Business Management - University of Central Lancashire: Preston, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to skiing in 2012. He then attended a talent spotting day for Disability Snowsport UK in May 2014.
Why this sport?
"It all started when a friend at university told me about ski lessons that are adapted to meet the needs of my condition. I've always loved a challenge and set myself a target of joining the university team on their ski trip to France. I ate a lot of powder, but absolutely loved it. The feeling of freedom was amazing and my passion for skiing snowballed from there."

General interest

Hobbies
Fishing, ballroom dancing. (alexclarkeskier.blogspot.co.uk, 14 Oct 2016; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
His father. (purplespace.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Injuries
In mid-2017 he required stitches above his right eye after suffering facial injuries in a crash while skiing. (Facebook profile, 02 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your only limit is the one you set yourself." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy at age two. (gofundme.com, 01 Jun 2014)
Other information
COMPETITIVE BREAK
He took a year out of competition before returning in 2019. He said changes to national funding had influenced his decision to take a break. "Racing was not the right thing for me at this time and I needed to focus on learning how to kick ass in a sit-ski. There was a lot of cuts made when the programme went from being ran by DSUK [Disability Snowsport UK] to GB Snowsport. This, although frustrating, was understandable whilst funding and ways of working were being ironed out as this is something completely new for GB Snowsport. I found that the costs of training increased astronomically and accessibility to training dramatically dropped. Frustration in lack of personal ability set in but no way to remedy this appeared and lack of time due to work life put skiing on a bit of a back burner, something that I regret. It took a long hard look at myself, a lads' ski holiday to Hintertux [Austria] and a theoretical slap to the face to realise, 'What am I doing with myself?' I decided from there I need to own this myself and make my own programme. I found my 'why' again." (alexclarkeskier.blogspot.co.uk, 14 Dec 2019)