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Melissa Perrine

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Bobbi Kelly

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
Physiology - Australian Catholic University: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age 13 with Disabled Wintersport Australia [DWA] in Thredbo, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
She wanted to progress from recreational skiing.

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Australia
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Mel (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Martial arts, reading, coffee. (Instagram profile, 25 Nov 2020; Twitter profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze medals in giant slalom and super combined at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (smh.com.au, 13 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser, Australian wheelchair racer Louise Sauvage. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Feb 2019; news.com.au, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She aggravated an old injury in her left knee after crashing at the 2019 World Cup event in Morzine, France. (paralympic.org, 21 Mar 2019)

In January 2010 she fractured her pelvis after falling in a World Cup race in Italy. She recovered in time to compete at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 21 Jun 2016; theaustralian.com.au, 22 Jan 2010)

She ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee in 2009. (Athlete, 21 Jun 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She has the same start routine before every race. (Athlete, 21 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[Para alpine skiing is] the most indescribable joy and freedom that I have ever had. It's just breathtaking. There's nothing quite like it on the face of the planet. I've jumped out of planes, I've done a lot of high-adrenaline stuff in my life, and this still beats it. A good ski run still beats anything else." (abc.net.au, 09 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She and fellow alpine skier Mitchell Gourley were flag bearers for Australia at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)

She was named Female Para Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] Sport Performance Awards. (nswis.com.au, 11 Dec 2019)

She was presented with the Para Athlete of the Year award at the 2019 Australian Ski and Snowboard Awards. She was the first female to win the award. (revolutionise.com.au, 01 May 2019)

She was flag bearer for Australia at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (sportaus.gov.au, 18 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to become a Paralympic champion. (Instagram profile, 30 Jun 2021; paralympic.org.au, 01 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She was born with several eye conditions, including cataracts, nystagmus, microphthalmia, and glaucoma. (Australian Paralympic Team YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2018; Athlete, 21 Jun 2016; theaustralian.com.au, 12 Mar 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLAN
She intends to retire from the sport after the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, with the COVID-19 pandemic influencing her decision to end her competitive career. "COVID may have pushed my decision a little bit. COVID highlighted the importance of connection and family and spending time with my friends and my family and my partner and the balancing act. It just highlighted to me that it's time for me to focus a little bit more back at home and explore that part of my life a little bit more. Because I think I came to the conclusion I'm never going to stop loving ski racing, I'm always going to love this sport." (7news.com.au, 09 Mar 2022)

MARTIAL ARTS
She has been involved in competitive mixed martial arts in Australia. "To win, I have to be close enough to see them. I'd be lying to describe it any way but exhilarating." (Instagram profile, 25 Nov 2020; news.com.au, 08 Mar 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2012 she graduated with a master's degree in sports and exercise science from the University of Sydney in Australia. Five years later she obtained another master's degree in physiotherapy from Western Sydney University. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019; Athlete, 21 Jun 2016)

OTHER ROLES
In 2018 she began serving on the board of directors of Blind Sports and Recreation NSW/ACT in Australia. (blindsportsnsw.com.au, 01 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually impaired Final Round 5
Women's Super-G Visually impaired Final Round 7
Women's Super Combined Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Women's Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 8
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill VI Final 2011-01-16 2
Women's Super-G VI Final 2011-01-18 3
Women's Super-Combined VI Final 2011-01-19 3
Women's Slalom VI Final 2011-01-20 4
Women's Giant Slalom VI Final 2011-01-21 4
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 4
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-10 9999
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-12 9999
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill VI Race 1 2015-03-04 1
Women's Super-G VI Race 1 2015-03-05 1
Women's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2015-03-07 1
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-08 3
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-10 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 5
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 5
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 3
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 3
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-18 4
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-22 2
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-24 3
Women's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2019-01-31 1
Women's Super-G VI Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 2