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Victoria Pendergast

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
Gosford, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Marketing
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - University of Technology Sydney: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para alpine skiing in 2011 in Perisher, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
She got involved in the sport while on recreational ski trips with her family. Her skiing ability was spotted by Disabled Winter Sports Australia [DWSA] and she was invited to participate in several of the organisation's development programme training camps. She was then selected for the Athlete Development Squad on behalf of the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC].
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Christian Geiger [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Location
New Zealand

General interest

Nicknames
Tori (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Australian wheelchair racer and coach Louise Sauvage. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para alpine skier Melissa Perrine. (paralympic.org.au, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The bad days are often when you learn the most." (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Milestones
She became the first female Australian to compete in a sit-skiing event at a Paralympic Winter Games when she took part in the 2014 Games in Sochi. (skiandsnowboard.org.au, 20 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Impairment
She has sacral agenesis and was born missing the lower part of her spine. As a result, she has muscle weakness in her lower limbs. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016; paralympic.org.au, 20 May 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a marketing and event coordinator with the Australian Paralympic Committee. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 8
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 10
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 6
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 5
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 7
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 4
Women's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9999
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 8
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-22 9999
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9999