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MINARD Curtis
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age40
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
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, 22 Dec 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." (curtminard.com, 06 Jun 2018; 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. (thestar.com, 08 Mat 2018; LinkedIn profile, Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (vernonmorningstar.com, 20 Mar 2016)
Impairment
In September 2008 he was working as a powerline technician in Invermere, BC, Canada, when another worker made a mistake and he was shocked with 14,400 volts of electricity. He had his left hand amputated at the wrist and sustained third degree burns to his right hand. He nearly died from his injuries, as well as during his recovery following a blood clot in his lung and a burst artery in his arm. (seess.ca, 2016; vernonmorningstar.com, 27 May 2012)
Other information
FINDING PEACE
He says he battled with depression following his injuries in 2008. "You can imagine the hate that I had. The [coworker] that injured me made an unsafe decision, and I suffered the most. I couldn't play catch with my kids. I couldn't do anything. I suffered mentally for a long time." He says sport eventually helped him regain his identity, beginning with being part of the Canadian national amputee ice hockey team that won gold at the world championships in 2012. "That made me realise I overcame this disability, this disability did not own me anymore. I regained my identity through sport." (thestar.com, 08 Mar 2018)

OCCUPATION
He completed an apprenticeship as a powerline technician in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2003 and was working on overhead lines for BC Hydro in 2008 when he suffered the injuries that led to his impairment. He remained employed with the company in training and development. In 2012 he founded Limitless Communications, a business to promote his motivational speaking services. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018; curtminard.com, 02 Mar 2018)

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