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Kyle Barber

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Fleming College: Peterborough, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried biathlon around 2008 after seeing the sport on TV with his father, but did not begin serious training until 2016, after he showed promise in cycling and skiing at the Canadian Paralympic Committee's ParaTough campaign. "I had been out of competitive sport for a little while so I looked pretty ragged showing up for it." He was invited to another training camp, and in November 2017 he decided to focus on skiing and move to Sudbury, ON, Canada, to train under coach Patti Kitler.
Why this sport?
He grew up running long-distance and cross-country, as well as playing football and amputee stand-up ice hockey through the Canadian Amputee Hockey Committee, before being encouraged into skiing by coach Patti Kitler. "The signs were there that I would have been good at endurance [sports], but once high school hit, I didn't keep up with it. When the opportunity arose to give me a chance to go to the Paralympic Games and compete at a high level, I figured why not? I'm still fairly young. I can look into that whole full-time job [lifestyle] later."

General interest

Nicknames
Nubz (Facebook profile, 09 Nov 2020)
Hobbies
Hunting, fishing. (Facebook profile, 09 Nov 2020)
Other sports
He represented Canada in both Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Dec 2021)
Impairment
He was born with symbrachydactyly, and has underdeveloped and missing fingers on both hands as a result of the condition. (thesudburystar.com, 05 Jun 2018)
Other information
SKI TECHNIQUE
Due to his impairment he is unable to ski using poles, which places increased emphasis on his skiing technique and equipment. "A major thing for me, especially in a classic race, is that I need to find a pair of skis that gives me the best kick possible. I have learned that I am willing to take a little bit slower ski if my kick is superb. We really focused on that at this World Cup [2018/19]. I was able to climb the hills pretty much 95% of the way up, without having to jump out of the track and do herringbone. That was a huge area of improvement, along with just the overall fitness and getting more ski time." (sudburysports.com, 31 Dec 2018)

WORKING OUTDOORS
After completing a business programme at Fleming College in Peterborough, ON, Canada, he went to work for a hunting and fishing lodge on the French River and in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve in Ontario. After moving to Sudbury in late 2017 to pursue elite skiing, he found work with the City of Greater Sudbury's parks department. (thesudburystar.com, 05 Jun 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 10
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 11
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-18 13
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 10
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 11
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 8