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FAIRHURST Kirstie
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wanaka, NZL
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - University of Otago: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began sit-skiing when she was a student at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to join Adaptive Snow Sports NZ by her local Para sports federation. "It's pretty crazy that it [sit-skiing] is offered in New Zealand, for such a small number of people in the sport."
Name of coach
Jane Stevens
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was presented with the Murray Halberg Cup for overall achievement at the 2017 Halberg Junior Disability Games in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as winning the Best Female Swimmer Trophy. (odt.co.nz, 10 Oct 2017)
Other sports
She has been part of the New Zealand women's wheelchair basketball squad and has competed in Para swimming and Para cycling at national level in New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 10 Oct 2017; stuff.co.nz, 20 Jun 2014; nzherald.co.nz, 21 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (newsroom.co.nz, 08 Sep 2021)
Impairment
Her spinal cord injuries are the result of a farm accident at age four when she got trapped underneath some machinery. (spinalcordinjuryzone.com, 06 Jan 2012; tvnz.co.nz, 18 Feb 2004)

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