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Matt Hallat

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Coquitlam, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Business Administration - Simon Fraser University: Burnaby, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
In 1992 shortly after his chemotherapy treatments had ended, his parents found a local learn to ski programme for children with an impairment at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He began racing at age 12.
Why this sport?
"I moved on to a learn to race programme at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver and from there I was discovered by the BC Disabled Ski Team."

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Matty (alpinecanada.org, 23 May 2013)
Hobbies
Golf, mountain biking, baseball. (paralympic.ca, 21 Jan 2014)
Most influential person in career
Coach Phil Chew. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2011)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky. (alpinecanada.org, 23 May 2013)
Injuries
He missed the 2012/13 season after tearing the meniscus in his knee. (alpinecanada.org, 23 May 2013)

He has fractured his femur [right leg] while skiing. (alpinecanada.org, 01 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you are not living on the edge then you are taking up too much space." (vancouver2010.com, 21 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in 1990 at age five. The date of diagnosis was also his mother's birthday. Shortly before his sixth birthday, his right leg was amputated at the knee in order to prevent the disease spreading. After the operation, he began chemotherapy treatment and eventually made a full recovery. (matthallat.com, 30 Oct 2010; vancouver2010.com, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive para-alpine skiing in April 2015. (paralympic.org, 13 Apr 2015)

BREAK
He took a year off from competition in 2010 to concentrate on his training. (sfu.ca, 17 Mar 2010)

POSITIVE INFLUENCE
He met Canadian ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky as a child, and was inspired by the encounter. "I had the privilege of meeting him when I was sick and undergoing chemotherapy. I have never forgotten that he took the time out of his day to meet with a sick child and I have never forgotten how great that made me feel. I hope I have a fraction of that effect on some of the kids that I get to meet." (alpinecanada.org, 23 May 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 31
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 18
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 11
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 21
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 30
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 24
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 21
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 9999
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 10
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 9
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 9999
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 6
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 13
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 3