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Jonty O'Callaghan

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Office Worker, Student
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
History - University of Melbourne: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age nine while in Europe with his family.
Why this sport?
"My family temporarily relocated to Villars-Gryon in the Swiss Alps, where skiing was part of the school curriculum. Skiing, cricket and football [Australian Rules] are my three greatest passions, and I've played all three against my able-bodied peers throughout my life, but given that the other two don't have Paralympic competition it was a fairly easy choice to pursue skiing seriously."
Club / Team
Mount Buller Race Club: Australia
Name of coach
Chris McKnight [national]

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Australia
Location
Thredbo, NSW, AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Jontos, Jont, Jonts (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Watching films, sports statistics. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (paralympic.org.au, 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian short track skater Steven Bradbury, Australian cricketer Donald Bradman. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In October 2018 he suffered pain in his groin after a training session. An ultrasound indicated a series of blood clots in his leg and he was hospitalised for six days for treatment. (Facebook page, 22 Oct 2018)

He required jaw reconstruction surgery in 2014. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With great adversity comes great opportunity." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games, and to complete his university studies. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He had a stroke while in the womb, which resulted in mild paralysis on the right side of his body [right side hemiplegia]. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
Since August 2018 he has worked as a junior recruiter with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 18
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 22
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 23
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 9999