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RAHLES-RAHBULA Cameron
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthCamperdown, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Emily, son Archie
Residence
Geelong, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
English
Higher education
Physiotherapy - University of Melbourne: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in Mount Buller, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
He attended a weekend ski camp and his interest grew from there.
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
France
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Australian rules football player Gary Ablett Sr. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Injuries
He fractured his tibia and sustained a facial injury after falling during a training run the day before the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi were due to begin. After several days of consultation with team doctors, he withdrew from all events in Sochi. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Mar 2014; bbc.co.uk, 06 Mar 2014; paralympic.org.au, 09 Mar 2014)

A hip injury prevented him from finishing a race at the 2013 World Cup in Thredbo, NSW, Australia. (smh.com.au, 05 Sep 2013)

He has sustained ankle and back injuries over the course of his career. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He had also been flag bearer for Australia at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Mar 2014; paralympic.org, 06 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2010 Australian Paralympian of the Year. (smh.com.au, 18 Oct 2010)

He won the 2004 Young Victorian of the Year Award in Australia. (unimelb.edu.au, 26 Jul 2004)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated at age 14 as a result of bone cancer. (theaustralian.com.au, 16 Mar 2010)
Other information
RETURN FOR SOCHI
In September 2013 he announced his retirement from para-alpine skiing in order to focus on personal commitments. However, in December 2013 he decided to return to the sport with the aim of competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. His comeback had the condition that he would take on a training regime that allowed him to spend more time with his family. Injury meant he was unable to compete at the Games and he retired for a second time once the event had finished. (paralympic.org.au, 03 Jun 2014; standard.net.au, 05 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2002 Downhill LW2 1:33.80
17 2002 Slalom LW2 1:50.40
  2002 Giant Slalom LW2  DNF
  2002 Super-G LW2  DNF
  2006 Downhill - Standing  DNF
  2006 Super-G - Standing  DNF
  2006 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
14 2006 Slalom - Standing 1:25.87
4 2010 Downhill - Standing 1:22.88
3 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:47.69
6 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:29.07
5 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:22.65
3 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:13.85
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2003/2004 Downhill LW2 1:19.85
1 2003/2004 Super-G LW2 1:24.31
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW2  DNF
2 2003/2004 Slalom LW2 1:49.85
9 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 1:54.72
1 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:40.97
3 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:13.70
11 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:04.91
4 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 1:56.47
  2010/2011 Downhill - Standing  DNF
  2010/2011 Super-G - Standing  DNF
  2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
4 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:28.66
8 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.77