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Patrick Jensen

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Amelia Hodgson

Further personal information

Partner Emilee
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
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, and the following year he 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."
Why this sport?
"I was forced into it [trying skiing], didn't want to do it. When I was in school, I was definitely wanting to be a musician. I was playing a lot of gigs at pubs and with my mates, all in bands. At the time, that's what my 18-year-old self thought I was going to do for the rest of my life. But my career advisor at school advised me to get a career better suited to me and pushed me into sports. A year later, I was competing for Australia, loving life, and no regrets at all. It all happened so fast, though. It's a bit of a blur being the opposite of an athlete to then being an athlete and competing for Australia. It was a pretty wild year and a massive change in lifestyle."

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Patto [given to him by his family], Blinky (Facebook profile, 08 Aug 2020; Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Surfing, skateboarding, music, sport, spending time outdoors, playing the drums and guitar. (, 2022, 24 Jul 2020;, 29 May 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (, 2022)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skiers Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. (, 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;, 2007)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to win multiple Crystal Globes. (, 2022)
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]. (, 26 Sep 2018;, 31 Jan 2017;, 31 Jul 2015)
Other information
He grew up as a musician and has played drums in the Australian band 'George Booth'. He once considered a career in music but ultimately chose to focus on skiing. "It's not [easy] being able to practise and play drums while on the road. It's a very, very big instrument to lug around when I have 11 sets of skis as well. It became a bit unrealistic. I started playing guitar last year [2021] and hopefully I can get decent enough to play some gigs with some friends here and there." 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. Where I go wrong sometimes is if the course doesn't follow a constant rhythm. My rhythm change is pretty difficult, so that is where I can come a bit unstuck." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022;, 24 Jul 2020; Facebook profile, 20 Sep 2017)

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


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