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SAUER Jason
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para ice hockey
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age48
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Buderim, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was a keen snowboarder in his youth in Australia, as well as playing rugby league and taking part in surf life saving competitions. After the amputation of his legs, he took up Para skiing in January 2012 in Park City, UT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
In late 2011 a friend invited him to visit Park City, UT, United States of America, to try adaptive bobsleigh. While there he tried Para skiing for the first time, and was immediately hooked on the sport. "I was emotionally discomposed and grieving the loss of my legs. I met people who were a long way post-injury than I was and they were living a full and happy life. It gave me hope. It [skiing] is freedom for someone with mobility issues because I don't have mobility issues on my sit-ski."
Training Regime
He trains in Australia during the southern hemisphere winter. During the northern hemisphere winter he trains in Utah and Colorado, United States of America.
General Interest
Nicknames
Jase (gofundme.com, 19 Nov 2015)
Injuries
In 2017 he underwent osseointegration surgery, which involves the insertion of rods into the residual limbs to allow for easy attachment of different prosthesis and greater control of movement. He spent two months rehabilitating and missed the 2017/18 northern hemisphere winter as a result. A year after the surgery he was still adjusting to the procedure and experiencing pain, but said he preferred it to sitting in a wheelchair. "It's good to be standing for internal organs rather than sitting all the time. And even though I might be slower in some areas, I can access more terrain." (abc.net.au, 14 Aug 2017; wordfromabird.com, 2018)
Other sports
He has represented Australia in Para bobsleigh and Para ice hockey at international level. He competed at World Cup level in Para bobsleigh and at the Para ice hockey world championships in 2018 in Vierumaki, Finland. (Myrtleford Times, 03 Oct 2018; asf.org.au, 05 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (asf.org.au, 05 Jan 2018)
Impairment
On Christmas Day in 2010 he experienced a heroin overdose while living in British Columbia, Canada. He lost consciousness for 14 hours, during which time his leg muscles were severely damaged by rhabdomyolysis and he suffered kidney failure. He underwent three operations, the last of which amputated both his legs above the knee. After two months in hospital in Canada, he returned to Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 15 Oct 2015; smh.com.au, 23 Aug 2012)
Other information
PARA ICE HOCKEY PIONEER
He was a member of the first Australian Para ice hockey team, and competed at the 2018 World Championships in Vierumaki, Finland. "Para ice hockey is something I tried when I was in Park City [UT, United States of America] back in 2012 and have been training [since 2017] in Melbourne and Brisbane. What appeals to me is it's a contact sport. I obviously don't get to play many contact sports, actually this is the only contact sport I can play really, but it's also good for my respiratory fitness. To be a part of the first [Australian] national team is pretty cool." (Myrtleford Times, 03 Oct 2018)

SPORT AIDS RECOVERY
He was a keen snowboarder in his youth, but says the culture around the sport at the time led him into binge drinking and abuse of a variety of recreational drugs throughout the 1990s. "I was into alcohol and drug abuse in a big way at the time. All the stoners were snowboarding back in those days and I wanted to be cool. I tried so hard to be cool it nearly killed me." He managed to stay clean from 2003 to 2008, before moving from Australia to Canada where he struggled to adjust and relapsed, culminating in a heroin overdose in 2010 and the amputation of his legs. He says he has been clean since 2011, and that Para skiing helped save his life. "I do think people judge my future by my past when they hear my story. But I'd rather be clean with no legs than addicted with legs. I'd piss in a jug every day for the rest of my life if I had the chance to pursue a ski racing future." (dailymail.co.uk, 15 Oct 2015; smh.com.au, 23 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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