Further personal information
Whistler, BC, CAN
University of Victoria: Canada
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing as a young child but had to stop at age seven because of difficulties balancing. In 2006 he took up sit skiing with his brother Ben in Whistler, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to skiing early in life because he grew up in a family of skiers. His father worked in various mountain resorts on ski patrols. He took up sit skiing after a suggestion from a friend of his mother.
Club / Team
British Columbia Para-Alpine Ski Team: Whistler, BC, CAN
Name of coach
John Newton [club], CAN; Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Photography, white water kayaking, rafting, videography, music. (teambc.org, 21 Feb 2011)
Most influential person in career
His father. (teambc.org, 21 Feb 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Neck stretching, some strong breaths in and out, and a yell off the start." (teambc.org, 21 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What I deserve, I earn." (disabledskiingbc.com, 01 Oct 2012)
He has also competed in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair marathon, and para-triathalon. (skipara.com, 04 Nov 2012)
His brother Ben has competed for Canada in para-alpine skiing. (alpinecanada.org, 06 Jan 2014)
He was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy at age eight. It is a hereditary disorder which causes increased degeneration of the coverings around nerve fibres. He originally stopped skiing at age seven because of the effects of the condition. (vancouversun.com, 07 Dec 2012; skipara.com, 04 Nov 2012; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 04 Aug 2011)
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