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Matt Short

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

London, ENG
Athlete, Lawyer
English, Spanish
Higher education
Law - University of Leicester: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in 1996 while on holiday in Soll, Austria. He began Para alpine skiing competitively in November 2012.
Why this sport?
He was active in football and rugby before his amputation, and wanted to return to competitive sport after his operation. He was inspired to take up alpine skiing after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Name of coach
Euan Bennet [national], GBR

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Cycling, squash, gym, football, rugby. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
British Para skier Heather Mills, who helped him obtain a specialised skiing prosthetic. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013;, 18 Nov 2013)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sometimes the worst experiences are where you learn the most lessons." [Richie McCaw] (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He carried the Olympic torch in Hastings, England, as part of the 2012 Olympic Games torch relay. (, 11 Jan 2014)
He began treatment for bone cancer in 2007, and his leg was amputated below the knee in March 2008. In 2010 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He overcame the illness through chemotherapy and surgery. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2016;, 2016;, 18 Nov 2013)
Other information
He works as a lawyer and associate at Allen & Overy, a law firm in London, England. (Twitter profile, 29 Sep 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2017)

He is a founding trustee of the Ewing's Sarcoma Research Trust, a charity that raises funds for research into the rare form of cancer, Ewing's sarcoma. He also has an English Football Association [FA] Level 2 coaching badge. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2016)


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 21
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 18