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EWEN Aaron
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age23
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2013 at Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
He appreciates the independence skiing allows him. "In most disabled sports I need help. I couldn't go biking by myself whereas with skiing I can drive up the mountain, get my sit-ski out, go on the slope and go home. I love the independence. I was thrilled to find skiing gives me the same kind of feeling as riding my bike over rough stuff."
General Interest
Hobbies
Go karting, kayaking, fishing, following the mountain bike World Cup series. (paralympics.org.nz, 28 Jun 2017)
Injuries
He was selected to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang but had to withdraw from the event in January that year after fracturing his hip in December while training at Winter Park, CO, United States of America. (insidethegames.biz, 25 Feb 2018; beehive.govt.nz, 16 Feb 2018)
Other sports
Before his accident he competed in mountain bike at national level in New Zealand. (cyclingnews.com, 11 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nzherald.co.nz, 16 Jul 2017; aaronewen.com, 27 Sep 2017)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a crash during a practice run at the 2013 New Zealand Downhill Mountain Bike Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. (paralympics.org.nz, 28 Jun 2017)
Other information
FROM FRANCE TO NEW ZEALAND
He was born in France to English parents, and spent his early childhood in France before moving to Tuakau, New Zealand, at age eight. (nzherald.co.nz, 16 Jul 2017; paralympics.org.nz, 28 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.