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PETERS Corey
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthNew Plymouth, NZL
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
New Plymouth, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand : New Plymouth, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing at age 28 in August 2011 at the Whakapapa Ski Field in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
Sport was always a big part of his life before his accident, so maintaining an active lifestyle after his recovery was important to him. He compares sit-skiing to surfing, which is one of the sports he enjoyed before his accident. He likes the speed and the feeling of freedom the sport gives him.
Name of coach
Ben Adams [national], NZL
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Sports, keeping fit, staying active. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in giant slalom at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In January 2018 he dislocated his shoulder while training in super G in Colorado, United States of America. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 25 Jan 2018)

He suffered a labrum tear in his left shoulder in 2013 that took him six months to recover from. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)

He has trained and competed with an ongoing left shoulder injury since 2012. (paralympic.org, 17 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and never give up. If you get knocked down, get back up and keep moving forward." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for New Zealand at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (stuff.co.nz, 08 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014, 2015 and 2016. (snowsports.co.nz, 09 Oct 2016; snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He won the Distance Sportsman of the Year award at Massey University in New Zealand in 2015 and 2016. (massey.ac.nz, 13 Oct 2016)

He was named Overall Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014 and 2015. (snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He was named the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year by Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (snowsports.co.nz, Nov 2015)

In 2014 and 2015 he was named Senior Sportsman of the Year by Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (snowsports.co.nz, Nov 2015)

He was named Sport Performer of the Year at the 2014 Attitude Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. (scoop.co.nz, 04 Dec 2014)

He won the Breakthrough Season award at the 2013 Snow Sports New Zealand Annual Awards. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He played club rugby for Tukapa in New Zealand before his accident. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Impairment
In September 2009 he was competing in a motocross event at Taupo, New Zealand, when he crashed and the suspension on his motorcycle failed. His L1 vertebra burst out of his back and crushed his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed. He spent four months in the spinal unit of Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018, 08 Mar 2014; stuff.co.nz, 27 Aug 2011)
Other information
TRADE SKILLS
He is a qualified cabinet maker and boat builder. (snow.co.nz, 04 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.17
  2014 Slalom - Sitting 59.95DNF
4 2014 Super Combined - Sitting 2:21.91
2 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:33.20 
3 2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:26.01
11 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:28.80
10 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:20.23
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
22 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:18.95
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
10 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:37.73
1 2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting 1:28.06
1 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting 1:20.41
5 2014/2015 Super Combined - Sitting 2:00.18
2 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:03.89 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:12.16
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:05.05
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:18.75
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:13.62
10 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:17.38
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:20.24
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.61
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
10 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:32.91
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.25
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:14.48
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF