Josh Landmann

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Family
Partner Sophie Carrigill
Residence
Poulton le Fylde, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2016.
Why this sport?
"I was fortunate that at the Southport SCI [spinal cord injury] Centre [in England], the healthcare professionals were very keen on everyone doing some form of exercise on a daily basis, so I was introduced to a variety of sports during my rehabilitation. Once I was discharged home, I started to pursue skiing. It was a dream of mine to get back on the slopes, and I did it. In January 2016 I travelled to Poland for my first taste of sit-skiing. It was a life-changing experience which motivated me to train hard. Back in the UK I was practising at Chill Factore in Manchester when I was spotted by a Team GB coach. It all went really fast and I entered my first International Paralympic Committee [IPC] alpine Skiing event in the Netherlands that November."

General interest

Hobbies
Watching football, rugby union and Formula One. (Twitter profile, 04 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My advice to anyone thinking about trying a new sport is to throw yourself in the deep end - which is an ironic thing to say given my injury." (independent.co.uk, 07 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has represented Great Britain on the Para triathlon World Cup circuit. Prior to his accident he played hockey at county level in England representing Lancashire. (triathlon.org, 19 Oct 2019; blackpoolgazette.co.uk, 02 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
His partner Sophie Carrigill has played wheelchair basketball for Great Britain, and was part of the team that finished fourth at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2021; Sophie Carrigill Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete in triathlon at the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Paralympic Games. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury in 2014 after hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool while on holiday in Ibiza, Spain. After surgery and rehabilitation he was able to regain movement in his legs. (blackpoolgazette.co.uk, 02 Sep 2014)
Other information
TRIATHLON
After he began competing internationally in Para alpine skiing, he took up Para triathlon, which became his main focus. He said in 2019 he would consider returning to skiing after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I was pretty fit because I'd been going to the gym every day since I left hospital, so I decided to give the 'Superhero Triathlon' a go with my dad to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association. I just loved the challenge of it and the satisfaction of finishing. I emailed British Triathlon and was invited to the talent identification weekend. That was it, I just went from there. Triathlon selection for Tokyo 2020 is my aim, but it will be tight given how short a time I've been in the sport. If I don't make it then I might do a ski season after triathlon has finished and see what happens." (independent.co.uk, 07 Nov 2019)

GOING VIRAL
In 2017 a video of him and his father taking part in a Tough Mudder endurance event went viral on social media and was viewed by over 20 million people. It was shared by high-profile celebrities, and he and his father were invited to appear on TV chat show 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. "Tough Mudder was just a day out, with my father, to raise some money, which soon turned into a whole lot more. I didn't go there for any sympathy. It was an opportunity to spend some quality time with my father and have a laugh messing around in mud. The video going viral was obviously a great confidence boost, as so many people took some positivity from it, I was able to share my story, and met some amazing people from it." (mirror.co.uk, 18 May 2017; TheEllenShow YouTube channel, 02 Jan 2018; blackpoolgazette.co.uk, 20 Jul 2017; prd.uk.com, 12 Dec 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he became an ambassador for the British charity Sporting Minds, which aims to raise awareness and provide support around mental health in young athletes. "From my experiences, mainly through my accident, I was fortunate to have such an incredible support base around me, which certainly helped me with my mental health. I know many others aren't so fortunate, but that's what I hope we can change. Too many young talented athletes are taken away from us due to not getting the support they need. I'm looking forward to listening to people, helping whoever, whenever, wherever I can." (Facebook page, 09 Nov 2020)