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Toby Kane

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Medicine - University of Sydney: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 10, and was invited to join Australia's winter development team at age 11.
Why this sport?
He was identified by talent scouts while skiing with his family.
Handedness
Left

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Tobes (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Hobbies
Going to the beach, cooking. (paralympic.org.au, 28 Mar 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze medals at the 2006 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. (paralympic.org.au, 28 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
His parents, his girlfriend. (paralympic.org.au, 28 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The day I say it is good enough is the day I retire." (paralympic.org.au, 04 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Sportsperson of the Year of 2014 at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (disabledwintersport.com.au, 05 Dec 2014)

He was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. The award is presented to the athlete who has performed at an outstanding level and overcome adversity. (paralympic.org, 15 Mar 2014)

He carried the Australian flag at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, and at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Games in Vancouver. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 10 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He was run over by a car at age two, which resulted in the amputation of his lower right leg. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Nov 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from para-alpine skiing following the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. "I am going to miss the team and the environment of elite sport, but I'm also really happy and looking forward to something new. I'm looking forward to spending time with my girlfriend and family so I have really mixed emotions. It's happy and sad." (smh.com.au, 15 Mar 2015)

REMEMBERING A TEAMMATE
At the 2014 World Cup in Tarvisio, Italy, he wore a blue armband in memory of his teammate Matthew Robinson, who passed away in February 2014. Kane won the event and dedicated his victory to Robinson. "It means a lot to be able to honour Matt and to keep skiing and riding like he did. He's in our thoughts all the way to Sochi and we're going to try our best for him." (paralympic.org, 26 Feb 2014)

YOUNGEST
At age 19 he was the youngest member of the Australian national team that competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (paralympic.org.au, 04 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 9
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 16
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 3
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 10
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 10
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 11
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 6
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 8
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 15
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 6
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 12
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 18
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 4
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 4
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 4
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 3
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 10
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 6
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 4
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 3
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 9999