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SOYER Mark
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Gemmological Association of Australia: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up sit-skiing during rehabilitation after his accident in 2004. He also began playing wheelchair tennis, rugby and basketball at the same time.
Why this sport?
"The best thing about skiing is the fact that my disability has little impact on the sport. When I am skiing I can do pretty much anything anyone else does. It is great."
Name of coach
Christian Geiger [national], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
North-American Championship
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, mountain biking, kayaking, watching Grand Prix motorcycle racing. (Facebook page, 02 Oct 2017; paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the world championships in 2015 and 2017. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol
US musician Dave Grohl. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Injuries
He dislocated his shoulder, broke his collarbone and broke 12 ribs during a fall at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He underwent surgery and was sidelined for five months. (Mark's hopes for the Slopes Facebook event, 02 Oct 2017; paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Itís only your own ability that stops you. You pretty much lose your disability when you get in your sit ski." (skyhidailynews.com, 17 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named Disabled Wintersport Australia's inaugural Simon Lo Schiavo Volunteer of the Year. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)

He was the Australian flag bearer at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (riverineherald.com.au, 09 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Outside of sport he aspires to run his own business. (gofundme.com, 26 Aug 2017; paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Impairment
In late 2004 he was working on the family farm in Chesney Vale, VIC, Australia, when the motorcycle he was riding hit a log concealed in the grass. He fell and severed his spinal cord, resulting in paraplegia. He was in hospital for five months. (abc.net.au, 04 May 2016; heraldsun.com.au, 13 Aug 2007)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a jeweller, having completed a three-year degree in gemmology at the Gemmological Association of Australia in 2001. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)

CHILDHOOD ILLNESS
At age three he was diagnosed with leukaemia [cancer of the blood cells] and given a 40% chance of survival. After a three-year battle he was declared to be in remission. He relapsed at age eight, and recovered a second time. (sheppadviser.com.au, 08 Oct 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
16 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:32.32
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
18 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:29.94
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting DNF
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
17 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:09.68
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
13 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:36.26
13 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:39.13
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
12 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:21.17
11 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:19.60
  2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
8 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:27.87
14 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:22.60
12 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:20.42
11 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:24.11
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF