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THORN Ollie
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthDorking, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dorking, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He had skied since age six and says he has always loved the sport. He began para-skiing following his rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in Surrey, England. He admitted that his desire to return to skiing led him to "sneak out of rehabilitation" several months early to attend a Combined Services Disabled Ski Team [CSDST] newcomers event.
Why this sport?
He was determined to get back on the slopes, and when a friend showed him a video of sit-skiing he immediately wanted to try it. "I was trying to come up with things that I could do with my new restrictions that could keep me motivated. I found out I could still ski, which had been a huge passion of mine. It really lifted me and gave me a goal, something to aspire to and force me to up my rehabilitation."
Club / Team
Combined Services Disabled Ski Team [CSDST]: Great Britain
Name of coach
Mark Scorgie [club]
General Interest
Hobbies
Rugby, boxing. (forces.tv, 09 Feb 2015)
Injuries
In February 2015 while training on the slopes of Meribel, France, he fell on his head which resulted in him being unable to ski for one month. (forces.tv, 09 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
I'm very, very competitive. I want to get as far as possible. To get to the Paralympics, to the pinnacle of anyone's sport, especially so soon after starting [the sport], would be absolutely phenomenal. (dorkingandleatherheadadvertiser.co.uk, 08 Oct 2014; forces.tv, 09 Feb 2015)
Ambitions
To represent Great Britain at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (dorkingandleatherheadadvertiser.co.uk, 08 Oct 2014; forces.tv, 09 Feb 2015)
Impairment
In June 2012 he was riding his motorcycle when a 4WD pulled out in front of him, causing him to crash into the car. He suffered over 35 broken bones, including a broken back that resulted in paralysis from the chest down. (telegraph.co.uk, 12 Sep 2014; dorkingandleatherheadadvertiser.co.uk, 31 Aug 2014; bracknellnews.co.uk, 09 Jun 2014)
Other information
ARMED FORCES
Prior to his accident he wanted to serve in the military, and in May 2012 he joined Sandhurst Royal Military Academy as a cadet officer, serving until he was medically discharged in January 2015. (csdst.co.uk, 15 Sep 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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