Omid Raoufian

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation
Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Early Childhood Studies - Mount Royal University: Calgary, AB, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski in 2003 at the Olympic Park in Calgary, AB, Canada, through the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing [CADS]. His rookie year in competitive skiing was 2011/12.
Why this sport?
Sport helped him overcome his impairment.

General interest

Nicknames
Monk [his mother thought he looked like a spider monkey when he was born three and a half months prematurely]. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2012)
Hobbies
Collecting ice hockey pucks. (Twitter profile, 31 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
Canadian ice hockey player Dan Spence. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter what people say to you, you can always do it." (YouTube, 22 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He won the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing [CADS] Alberta Rookie of the Year award in 2012. (MRU TV YouTube channel, 04 Dec 2012)

He received the Floyd Edgar Award for Most Improved Skier in 2011/12. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2012)
Other sports
He attended evaluation camps held by the Canadian national Para football seven-a-side team in 2016. He has competed in Para cycling road races and time trials at provincial level in Canada. (canadasoccer.com, 23 Mar 2016; Athlete, 07 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He was born prematurely and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. (mtroyal.ca, 2009)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a play-by-play webcast announcer for Western Canadian Baseball League [WCBL] team the Okotoks Dawgs, and is also a public address announcer in ice hockey for Hockey Canada and the Mount Royal University Cougars in Calgary, AB, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2020; Twitter profile, 31 Jan 2021)

HERITAGE
His father is Iranian and his mother is from Canada. (canadasoccer.com, 23 Mar 2016)