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VAERNES Morten
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthTrondheim, NOR
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Lena Schroeder
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Management, Marketing - BI Norwegian Business School: Oslo, NOR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999 in Trondheim, Norway.
Why this sport?
While recovering from his injury in hospital, he met a Para ice hockey player who suggested he try the sport. He went to some training sessions, improved and stayed with it. "I like the fact that it takes so much to become a good player, both technically and tactically, which means that you never get fully trained."
Club / Team
Valerenga Para Ice Hockey: Norway
Name of coach
Andre Lysenstoen [national], NOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Norway
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian Para ice hockey player Stig Tore Svee. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian ice hockey player Mats Zuccarello, Russian ice hockey player Evgeni Malkin, Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018; olympiatoppen.no, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Play with speed and intensity." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
His partner Lena Schroeder has also represented Norway in Para ice hockey. She competed at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and the 2021 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Dec 2021; Facebook profile, 08 Dec 2021)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a snowboard accident in 1999. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014, 05 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 Team  
3 2010 Team  
4 2014 Team  
5 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 Team  
2 2008 Team  
2 2008/2009 Team  
5 2012 Team  
5 2013 Team  
4 2015 Team  
4 2017 Team  
5 2019 Team  
6 2020/2021 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2011 Team  
3 2016 Team