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PIANTA Shaun
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthCollie, AUS
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B3
Guide
Jeremy O'Sullivan, AUS, from 2015
Further Personal Information
Residence
Collie, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Management - Open College: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 2013 at Mount Hotham in Victoria, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I attended a camp run by Disabled Winter Sports Australia [DWSA] and they suggested that I try skiing."
Name of coach
Chris McKnight
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Australia
Location
Panorama, BC, CAN
General Interest
Hobbies
Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mountain biking, fishing, watching Australian rules football. (Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing second in giant slalom at the 2017 Europa Cup event in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Guide Jeremy O'Sullivan. (Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Injuries
A knee injury affected his preparation for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (paralympic.org, 20 Feb 2018)

He broke both legs while skiing in December 2014. He returned to the slopes seven-and-a-half months later. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 19 Jun 2016; Facebook profile, 18 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If it was easy, everyone would do it." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He finished second at the 2012 Pan Pacific Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (mthotham.com.au, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He has around 15% vision as a result of the effects of a virus he contracted in 2008 while on holiday in Bali, Indonesia. He also suffered complete kidney failure upon his return to Australia before making a full recovery. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017; gofundme.com, 19 Mar 2017; Athlete, 19 Jun 2016; bunburymail.com.au, 05 Dec 2012)
Other information
APPRENTICESHIP
He completed a boiler making and welding apprenticeship after leaving school. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:47.85
  2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF