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GRIFFIN Ronan
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Ireland   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthDublin, IRL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3
Guide
Elle Murphy
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age six.
Why this sport?
"My dad decided to take me skiing for the first time. I distinctly remember how excited I was about the idea. I took to it immediately and discovered something that has become a lifelong passion of mine."
Club / Team
Rocky Mountain Adaptive: Canmore, AB, CAN
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." (ronangriffin.com, 07 Nov 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (gofundme.com, 02 Nov 2021)
Impairment
At 10 weeks old he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the retina in the eye. At age four his right eye was removed, while doctors saved a small amount of vision in his left eye. (ronangriffin.com, 07 Nov 2021)
Other information
COACHING TO COMPETING
After deciding he wanted to begin ski racing and represent Ireland at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, he began by earning coaching qualifications in Spain and Canada. "As I couldn't find an avenue to start racing immediately, I decided to train as a ski instructor, as it seemed like the best place to start. I moved to Canada [in 2018] and landed a job on Mount Seymour, Vancouver, teaching skiing that winter. In March 2019, I took my level 1 CADS [Canadian Adaptive Snowsports] instructor course and asked the course conductor what she knew about Para ski racing. She put me in touch with Rocky Mountain Adaptive, an adaptive ski school. I reached out to the director Jamie [McCulloch], and he told me they were planning to start a race team that winter. Knowing this was the break I'd been looking for, I signed up immediately." (ronangriffin.com, 07 Nov 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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