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MINARD Curtis
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthWeyburn, CAN
Height1.83 m
Weight 87 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Heidi Johnson, sons Hunter and Maddex
Residence
Vernon, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
British Columbia Institute of Technology School of Business: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2006 in Panorama, BC, Canada, and returned to the sport in 2009 following his accident.
Why this sport?
He snowboarded regularly and contacted the Canadian Para snowboard programme declaring his interest in competing at a higher level. They invited him to some camps and then to participate in events.
Name of coach
Mark Fawcett [national], CAN; Dave Balne [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Curt (Facebook profile, 01 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Going to the gym, mountain biking, golf, tennis. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Injuries
He broke his shoulder while competing at the 2016 Canadian Snowboard Cross Championships in Quebec, Canada. He continued to compete and won a gold medal. (curtminard.com, 31 Dec 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His partner Heidi must wax his boards prior to competition and he wears the same base layers on a winning streak. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There's nothing that stops us from achieving greatness because we have a disability. It's a mindset. I like to be that voice to inspire." (vernonmorningstar.com, 20 Mar 2016)
Other sports
He was a member of the Canadian amputee ice hockey team that won the 2012 World Championships in Tampere, Finland. (LinkedIn profile, Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (vernonmorningstar.com, 20 Mar 2016)
Impairment
In September 2008 he had his left hand amputated at the wrist and sustained third degree burns to his right hand following an industrial accident in Invermere, BC, Canada. He was electrocuted with 14,400 volts of electricity. (seess.ca, 2016; vernonmorningstar.com, 27 May 2012)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In 2012 he founded Limitless Communications, where he operated as a motivational speaker following his accident. (LinkedIn profile, Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
8 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:16.03
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
8 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 54.67
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
10 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:09.23
6 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:19.05