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Michael Foti

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Family
Partner Laurie Squirrell
Residence
Jindabyne, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in Jindabyne, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
He wanted to return to the snow as quickly as possible after his accident. He moved to Jindabyne, NSW, Australia, within weeks of his accident and began sit skiing with Disabled Wintersport Australia [DWA].

General interest

Milestones
In 2016 he became the first person to sit-ski down Mount Etheridge in New South Wales, Australia. (tetongravity.com, 22 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Laurie has competed in Para alpine skiing at elite level. (nscd.org, 05 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook page, 01 Jul 2017)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a snowboarding accident in April 2014. "While snowboarding in Canada I went off an unmarked cut out and fell 25ft onto a cat track, breaking my back and leaving me paralysed from the waist down." (mycause.com.au, 2015; tetongravity.com, 22 Nov 2016; Facebook page, 01 Jul 2017)
Other information
COACHING
He is a qualified snowboarding coach having studied through Nonstop Ski and Snowboard Coaching. (Facebook profile, 01 Sep 2016)