John Kirk

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW9-2

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
England
Occupation
Engineer, Serves in the Air Force
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He had skied for two years before his illness. After recovering from surgery he returned to the sport.
Why this sport?
While serving as an instructor at a British Army Snow Warrior Adaptive Exercise event, he heard about the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team [CSDST] and decided to give Para ski racing a try.

General interest

Injuries
In 2015 he crashed during downhill training in Austria and spent three weeks in a coma. (forces.net, 07 Feb 2018)

In September 2013 he underwent left knee surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus, and replace the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL]. He returned to skiing after six months. (blog.johnkirk.co.uk, 17 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
He received the title of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list, in recognition of his military service and charity efforts. (johnkirk.co.uk, 2013)
Impairment
In September 2010 he had his right arm and shoulder amputated after being diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma the previous month. (gov.uk, Nov 2013; johnkirk.co.uk, 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as an engineer for the Royal Air Force since 1988. (Facebook profile, 12 Aug 2020; johnkirk.co.uk, 2013)