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MACLEOD Andy
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthStornoway, SCO
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Gail
Residence
Stirling, SCO
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Gaelic
Higher education
Tourism - University of Highlands and Islands: Inverness, SCO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding while at university in 2011 at Nevis Range ski resort in Fort William, Scotland. Later, during a trip to the United States of America to visit his brother, he read a magazine article about a snowboarder with a leg amputation. He then decided to take up the sport seriously and started competing in 2018.
Why this sport?
"When I first went to university, everyone was a snowboarder or a skier, and I was so excited to get involved. I picked up a snowboard in my first year and felt like a natural."
Name of coach
James Sweet; Karel van Goor, NED; Si Hunter Nicholson
Training Regime
He trains for 25 hours per week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Mountain biking, playing guitar, motorcycles, fishing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2020 European Winter Para Sports Event in Czarna Gora, Poland. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; insidethegames.biz, 01 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Si Hunter Nicholson. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US snowboarder Jeremy Jones. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before competing he says an adapted version of a quote from the film 'Cool Runnings' to himself. "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's snowboard time. Cool runnings!" (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"How do you find your limit and push it further? Keep smashing into it!" (Facebook profile, 05 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
He took part in the Olympic torch relay ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. His leg of the relay was in Forfar, Scotland. He also participated in the Queen's Baton Relay in Aberfoyle, Scotland, prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (adventureandy.co.uk, 06 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (adventureandy.co.uk, 06 Jan 2019)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was hit by a car while on his bicycle in 2011. The accident, which happened in Fort William, Scotland, also resulted in a brain injury that left him with attention, concentration, and memory problems. (dailyrecord.co.uk, 19 Mar 2019; Facebook page, 17 Dec 2018; bbc.co.uk, 14 Dec 2018; thenational.scot, 28 Oct 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has qualified as a snowboard instructor through Snowsport Scotland. He has also trained school students in road cycle safety and mountain biking in Scotland. (Instagram profile, 30 Oct 2020; thenational.scot, 28 Oct 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
14 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
15 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
17 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
20 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.55