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PETERS Corey
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthNew Plymouth, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wanaka, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Architecture - Open Polytechnic of New Zealand : New Plymouth, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing at age 28 at the Whakapapa Ski Field in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
Sport was a big part of his life before his accident, so maintaining an active lifestyle after his recovery was important to him. He compares sit-skiing to surfing, which is one of the sports he enjoyed before his accident. "Sit skiing gives me a sense of freedom. I can leave the wheelchair at the bottom of the mountain. There are no real limitations as to where I can or can't go on the mountain. I like the adrenaline-fuelled sort of sports, I guess the more extreme sports, just to get that good rush, really."
Name of coach
Ben Adams [national], NZL
Training Regime
He spends the northern hemisphere seasons training in Winter Park, CO, United States of America. Back in New Zealand he splits his time between his home base in New Plymouth and training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and at the High Performance Sport New Zealand / Snow Sports NZ Training Centre in Wanaka.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Sports, keeping fit, staying active. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in giant slalom at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In January 2018 he dislocated his shoulder while training in Colorado, United States of America. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; stuff.co.nz, 01 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 25 Jan 2018)

He suffered a labrum tear in his left shoulder in 2013, which took him six months to recover from. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and never give up. If you get knocked down, get back up and keep moving forward." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for New Zealand at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (stuff.co.nz, 01 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2020. (wanakaapp.nz, 11 Oct 2020; snowsports.co.nz, 01 Apr 2018; snowsports.co.nz, 09 Oct 2016; snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He was named Overall Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014 and 2015. (snowsports.co.nz, 01 Apr 2018; snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He won the Breakthrough Season award at the 2013 Snow Sports New Zealand Annual Awards. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He played club rugby for Tukapa in New Zealand before his accident. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympics.org.nz, 04 Mar 2021)
Impairment
In September 2009 he was competing in a motocross event at Taupo, New Zealand, when he crashed and the suspension on his motorcycle failed. His L1 vertebra burst out of his back and crushed his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed. He spent four months in the spinal unit of Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. "Obviously I found there were a lot of dark times going through my rehab, learning that you were going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. So I think the positive impact that sport has had on me is you get to really change that mindset and turn that negative into a positive. I guess if I was to talk to someone that was laid up in a hospital bed in the spinal unit, I'd just assure them that there is a good life to be had." (ACC New Zealand Facebook page, 04 Sep 2018; Athlete, 09 Mar 2018, 08 Mar 2014; stuff.co.nz, 27 Aug 2011)
Other information
BETTER WITH AGE
After winning gold in men's sitting downhill at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing at age 38, he said beating younger skiers made the victory extra satisfying. "I put down probably the run of my life, and it showed on the scoreboard. The talk of the town is Jeroen [Kampschreur] and Jesper [Pedersen], those young guns in their early 20s, so for me to be able to show them I've still got some pace and can still do it, it's a good feeling. I can still hang with the young guys and maybe you get better with age in the downhill." (OIS, 05 Mar 2022)

TRADE SKILLS
He is a qualified cabinet maker and boat builder. (snow.co.nz, 04 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.17
  2014 Slalom - Sitting 59.95DNF
4 2014 Super Combined - Sitting 2:21.91
2 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:33.20 
3 2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:26.01
11 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:28.80
10 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:20.23
1 2022 Downhill - Sitting 1:16.73
2 2022 Super-G - Sitting 1:10.16
  2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
22 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:18.95
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
10 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:37.73
1 2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting 1:28.06
1 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting 1:20.41
5 2014/2015 Super Combined - Sitting 2:00.18
2 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:03.89 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:12.16
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:05.05
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:18.75
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
13 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:26.95
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Sitting 1:01.52
  2018/2019 Super Combined - Sitting  DNS
7 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.00
4 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:22.87
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:13.62
10 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:17.38
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:20.24
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.61
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
10 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:32.91
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.25
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:14.48
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013/2014 Slalom - Sitting  
4 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
7 2013/2014 Super-G - Sitting  
12 2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting  
3 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting  
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting  
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  
22 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  
15 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
13 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:26.95
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Sitting 1:01.52
7 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.00
  2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting  DSQ
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:12.63
5 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:13.19
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:59.83
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:02.82
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Sitting  
12 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
9 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:33.43
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 47.36
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:16.21
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:54.39
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:11.50
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF