Garrison Hayes

Alpine Skiing | Athletics


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information


Sport specific information

Club / Team
Cherokee Trail Cougars: Aurora, CO, USA

General interest

Football, basketball, athletics, ice sledge hockey, cycling, mountain bike, mountaineering. (, 25 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents and siblings. (, 01 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you can with what you have." (, 01 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
He received the 2016 Exceptional Male Student-Athlete award at the Colorado League Season Awards in the United States of America. (, 25 Sep 2017;, 01 Jan 2016)

While competing in athletics, he was named 2015 US Paralympics High School Male Field Athlete of the Year. (, 03 Sep 2015)

He received the 2014 Athlete with a Disability Recognition Award from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in the United States of America. (, 17 Nov 2014)

He was named 2013 Exceptional Star of the Year by the John Lynch Foundation in the United States of America. (, 17 Nov 2014)

He was the winner of the 2013 Colorado League trailblazer award, presented by the Colorado High School Cycling League in the United States of America. (, 21 Sep 2014)

He received the Sho-Air Extraordinary Courage Award in 2013 from the National Interscholastic Cycling Association [NICA] in the United States of America. (, 01 Jan 2013)
Other sports
He has represented the United States of America in Para athletics, and won a gold medal and two silver medals at the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, England. He has also been part of the US Paralympics Cycling athlete development programme. (, 28 Mar 2015, 17 Nov 2014, 24 Dec 2016, 25 Sep 2017;, 08 Aug 2014)
"My athletic goals extend at least until I'm 40 years old. I'll be running track, cycling and skiing." (, 01 Apr 2016)
In February 2005 he began to experience tenderness in his left knee that was making it difficult to walk. An X-ray revealed that he had osteosarcoma [bone cancer]. In May 2005 he underwent the Van Nes rotationplasty procedure, when the leg is partially amputated above the knee. The lower leg and foot are then rotated 180 degrees, with the tibia and proximal femur bones fused together so the ankle joint can function as the knee. (, 17 Nov 2014)
Other information
He was the 'Colorado Champion Child' for the US charity Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 2008, and has served as an ambassador for Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO, United States of America. He has been a keynote speaker at the National Sports Center for the Disabled 'Exceeding Boundaries' Breakfast in the United States of America, and has made hospital visits to support children facing cancer and amputation. "I introduce myself and just talk for a while. I reassure them that although it will be hard for a while, everything is going to be OK." (, 25 Sep 2017, 24 Dec 2016;, 01 Apr 2016)