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ROWLAND Brian
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthMerrickville, CAN
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Merrickville, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Trade - Miscellaneous - Algonquin College: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in 2017 in Calabogie, ON, Canada, and began competing a year later.
Why this sport?
"My friend thought I should get into ski racing after my motocross accident. I was looking for a sport that gets my heart pounding. I was a snowboarder before my spinal cord injury, and it's amazing to still be able to get up on the mountains."
Club / Team
Calabogie Ski Racing Club: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN; Will Marshall, CAN; Gavin McNutt, CAN; Katie Spilly, CAN
Training Regime
He trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.
General Interest
Nicknames
Flying Brian ["It was a nickname given to me when I use to ride motocross and hit big air dirt jumps."] (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Wake surfing, bicycling, quad bike riding, water skiing, snow mobiling, puzzles, playing cards, watching TV show Jeopardy, supporting Canadian ice hockey team Ottawa Senators, volunteering. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Para alpine skiing coach Andy Van Grunsven. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US ultra runner David Goggins, Canadian ice hockey player Patrick Roy, Canadian runner and activist Terry Fox. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022; alpinecanada.org, 01 Jun 2020)
Injuries
In 2018 he was sidelined for six weeks due to broken ribs. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)

He broke one wrist in 2007 which took him six months to recover. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)

He sustained a separated shoulder in 2008 which took him one month to recover. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competition. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, don't be afraid of crashing and keep a good positive attitude." (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He won the adaptive category at the 2019 Canadian Wakesurfing Championships on Chestermere Lake, AB, Canada. (ngtimes.ca, 11 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury after a motocross accident in 2015. (Instagram profile, 22 Sep 2020; alpineontario.ca, 15 Feb 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2022 Downhill - Sitting  DSQ
10 2022 Super-G - Sitting 1:16.17
  2022 Super Combined - Sitting  DNS
12 2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:10.22
  2022 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2021/2022 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2021/2022 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
12 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:35.78