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MCDONALD Patrick
Sport Wheelchair Curling
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age54
Place of BirthLos Gatos, CA, USA
Height1.82 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Carrie, children Andie and Kaelan
Residence
Madison, WI, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2008 at age 40 in California, United States.
Why this sport?
He liked the sport from the start.
Club / Team
Madison Curling Club: United States
Name of coach
Steve Brown [national]
Coach from which country?
United States
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Fourth
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Vancouver, BC
General Interest
Hobbies
Golf, cooking. (teamusa.org, 14 Dec 2013; Athlete, 22 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. "My grandfather lost his leg in World War II. Missing a leg must have been hard on him, but he was so full of life." (pva.org, 25 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2013)
Impairment
He was serving in the United States military in South Korea in 1991 when the personnel vehicle he was riding in rolled over. He broke several vertebrae in his back which resulted in paralysis. "I was a cavalry scout and we were on our way back from manoeuvers and patrols near the demilitarized zone. I was in the back, so didn't see it, but the ground gave way and we rolled the vehicle." (teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2013; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
CHARITY WORK
He has raised over 100,000 USD for breast cancer research through celebrity golf events and black-tie dinners. "I think raising money for a good cause is what people have to do. Women are our mothers and wives and they're scared. They should not have to struggle with breast cancer." (pva.org, 25 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008/2009 Team  
5 2011/2012 Team  
4 2012/2013 Team  
5 2014/2015 Team  
6 2015/2016 Team