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GOURLEY Mitchell
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para-Cycling
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthGeelong, AUS
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Barwon Heads, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Commerce - University of Melbourne: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1999 at age eight in Mount Buller, VIC, Australia.
Name of coach
Christian Geiger [national]; Harry Brennan [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Location
Breckenridge, CO, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Mitcho (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Road and track cycling, trail running, cooking, rock climbing. (abc.net.au, 24 Jun 2017; Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in super combined at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Australian alpine skier Jono Brauer, Australian Para alpine skiers Toby Kane, Marty Mayberry and Cameron Rahles-Rahbula. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian alpine skier Erik Read. (paralympic.org, 23 Jan 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a wrist injury in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He went on to win gold in super combined at the championships. (skiandsnowboard.org.au, 23 Jan 2017; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He puts on his left ski boot first. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Snowsport Athlete of the Year for 2016 and 2017 by Ski and Snowboard Australia. (skiandsnowboard.org.au, 28 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (abc.net.au, 24 Jun 2017)
Impairment
He was born without a left forearm and hand. (abc.net.au, 24 Jun 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 he began serving as an athlete representative on the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] alpine skiing sport technical committee. In January 2017 he was re-elected for a further two years. "It's exciting. I'm really proud and honoured to have the chance to do it again. It's something which is really hard work but really rewarding." (insidethegames.biz, 29 Jan 2017; paralympic.org, 27 Jan 2017)

HIGHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in business administration at Deakin University in Geelong, VIC, Australia. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
27 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:59.00
12 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:33.03
10 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:25.38
7 2014 Downhill - Standing 1:26.71
  2014 Super-G - Standing DNF
  2014 Slalom - Standing 50.75DNF
5 2014 Super Combined - Standing 2:14.38
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
  2018 Downhill - Standing  DNF
12 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:30.34
5 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:16.90
8 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:16.47
6 2018 Slalom - Standing 1:42.32
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
30 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 2:02.24
19 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 2:03.20
24 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:22.23
26 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:07.21
25 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 2:07.24
6 2010/2011 Downhill - Standing 1:25.83
7 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:22.89
7 2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing 2:12.18
7 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:29.61
5 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:14.41
13 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:36.40
11 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:16.90
8 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 2:09.66
5 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 1:45.34
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2014/2015 Downhill - Standing  DNF
5 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:23.14
  2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing  DSQ
4 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:04.66 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Standing DNF
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:14.45
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:07.02
1 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 1:51.51
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:16.49
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:27.85
World Cup Final - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:37.99
2 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:44.38
3 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing 1:16.59
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:14.58
4 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:15.12
6 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:22.23
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:23.68
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:30.52
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:33.33
12 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:32.43
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:36.58
7 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:18.13
7 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:17.14
8 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:21.61
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DSQ