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Jonty O'Callaghan

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Melbourne, VIC, AUS
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."

International debut

Competing for
Thredbo, NSW, AUS

General interest

Jontos, Jont, Jonts (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Watching films, sports statistics, world war history, travelling, supporting Australian rules football club Geelong Cats. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (, 18 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian short track skater Steven Bradbury, Australian cricketer Donald Bradman. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
He sustained a broken collarbone and a concussion in February 2022 after crashing during training in Austria. The injury ruled him out of contention for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 21 Feb 2022)

In January 2022 he missed a World Cup event in Are, Sweden, due to a shin complaint. (Facebook page, 03 Feb 2022)

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. He resumed skiing in late 2019. In 2020, after all competition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he developed further blood clotting in his other leg. (Facebook page, 27 Sep 2021, 22 Oct 2018)

He required jaw reconstruction surgery in 2014. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." [William Ernest Henley] (, 2022)
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Facebook page, 03 Feb 2022;, 18 Mar 2018)
He had a stroke while in the womb, which resulted in mild paralysis on the right side of his body [hemiplegia]. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Other information
He has served on the World Para Alpine Skiing Athletes Focus Group. (, 29 Apr 2020)

In 2021 he began studying for a master's degree in business and commerce at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT] in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Dec 2021)


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