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Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wanaka, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Occupational Therapy - Otago University: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began sit-skiing in 2017.
Why this sport?
She was offered a chance to try the sport by the Parafed Otago organisation in New Zealand. "You just feel normal, you're just having fun, you're just skiing like everyone else. You've got that freedom. There are no barriers up on the mountain."
Club / Team
Wanaka Ski Team: New Zealand
Name of coach
Jane Stevens
Training Regime
She trains three days a week in Cardrona, New Zealand.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My teammates push me to my limit, really. Everyone I've met, they're pushing me. I guess I hold myself back a bit, because I'm, like, 'No, I can't do that, that's impossible'. But if they think I can do it, I give it a go. It doesn't always work out, but most of the time, it does." (acc.co.nz, 19 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (stuff.co.nz, 19 Sep 2021)
Impairment
In March 2016 she suffered spinal cord injuries after a balcony collapsed as she was walking underneath it during a concert in Dunedin, New Zealand. (tvnz.co.nz, 02 Oct 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She originally enrolled in a bachelor of science degree at Otago University, but following her accident and the treatment she received she was inspired to switch her area of study to occupational therapy. "When I went home [after the accident], I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career, what would be feasible as a wheelchair user, what would be interesting for me. I came up with occupational therapy. And I'm so glad I had this accident because now I've studied something I was really passionate about, and I can make a difference in other people's lives. And it's really interesting. There's so much opportunity with it. It's such a broad career. You can work in mental health, acute physical, neuro-rehab, you can work overseas. It's pretty cool." (acc.co.nz, 19 Oct 2020; tvnz.co.nz, 02 Oct 2020; nzherald.co.nz, 08 Mar 2016)

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