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SKINNER Leigh
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age54
Height1.68 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Vicki
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting six months before he competed at his first international event, in 2007 in Darwin, NT, Australia.
Why this sport?
A friend suggested he try taking part in powerlifting for people with a physical impairment.
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Australia
Location
Darwin, NT, AUS
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Australian powerlifter Steve Green. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Feb 2011)
Injuries
A series of illnesses and injuries, including shoulder surgery in 2015, resulted in a three-year absence from international competition. He returned to elite competition at the 2017 World Cup event in Eger, Hungary. (paralympic.org.au, 31 May 2017; anz.isafyi.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (nutritionwarehouse.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a tumour in his spinal cord. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Mar 2013; nutritionwarehouse.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He was chosen as a sport ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (sportingwheelies.org.au, 29 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2010 82.5kg 165.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2010 Bench Press 157.9
9 2014 Bench Press Heavyweight 155.7
8 2018 Bench Press Heavyweight 143.7