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Patrick Jensen

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Amelia Hodgson

Further personal information

Family
Partner Emilee
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Massage Therapy - Evolve Massage College: Newcastle, NSW, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 2013. "I needed a fast sport, something I had never tried."
Why this sport?
"In 2014 I was invited to a talent identification camp in Perisher, NSW, Australia. The Paralympic scouts identified a natural talent and I was invited to join the team, where the world of ski racing would be abruptly introduced into my life. I got straight into it, raced three weeks after my arrival and found my new love for life."

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Patto [given to him by his family], Blinky (Facebook profile, 08 Aug 2020; Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Surfing, music, sport, spending time outdoors. (paralympic.org, 24 Jul 2020; gofundme.com, 29 May 2017)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skiers Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017; Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible." (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Australia at the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. He also carried out the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (Facebook page, 20 Jan 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at national junior level in Australia. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016; blindsportssa.org.au, 2007)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with both macular dystrophy and Stargardt disease at age seven. After two years of tests he was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder cone-rod dystrophy [CRD]. (gofundme.com, 26 Sep 2018; paralympic.org.au, 31 Jan 2017; theherald.com.au, 31 Jul 2015)
Other information
MUSICAL APPROACH
He is a keen musician and has played drums in the Australian band 'George Booth'. He uses music to help him prepare for races. "It is the rhythm. With any course, there's always a rhythm to it. Calling with my guide, there's always a rhythm to her calling. I think having the timing of growing up as a musician can definitely help." (paralympic.org, 24 Jul 2020; Facebook profile, 20 Sep 2017)

TATTOO
He has a tattoo on his left biceps of a Lego version of himself riding a skateboard and holding a cane. (theherald.com.au, 31 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 9
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 11
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-21 9
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-23 7
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2019-01-30 7
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2019-01-31 9999