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MURPHY Carl
Sport Para snowboard
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthWanaka, NZL
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Aleisha, daughter Millie, sons Luca and Oliver
Residence
Wanaka, NZL
Occupation
Architect, Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in about 1997, and took up the sport competitively in about 2007.
Why this sport?
He grew up close to Mt. Taranaki in New Zealand and developed a love of snowboarding.
Name of coach
John Shelly, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames
Carlos Mancini (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Fly fishing, spending time with family. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand rugby union player Richie McCaw. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In February 2016 he ruptured the patellar tendon in his knee during a race in Canada. He needed 18 months to fully recover from the injury. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016)

In January 2015 he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee at the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. He returned to full training on snow 12 months later. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2016)

In December 2013 he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and partially ruptured the lateral collateral ligament [LCL] in his knee after overshooting a jump during training. It took him 12 weeks to fully recover from the injuries. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; voxy.co.nz, 05 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Smooth is fast." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Senior Sportsman of the Year in Central Otago, New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 08 Apr 2016)

In 2013 he was named Athlete of the Year and Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports New Zealand. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Oct 2013)
Milestones
In 2009 he became the first adaptive snowboarder to be named to the New Zealand able-bodied snowboard national team. (paralympic.org, 31 Jun 2016; snowsports.co.nz, 01 Mar 2013)
Impairment
He was born without his lower right leg. (Facebook page, 11 Jan 2019; stuff.co.nz, 11 Aug 2011)
Other information
HIATUS
In October 2018 he announced he would not be competing during the 2018/19 northern hemisphere season. "I feel after so many years it's a good time to give my mind, body and family a break. For now, I look forward to watching the World Cup tour from my living room and maybe I will be back in 2019/20. Watch this space." (Facebook page, 17 Oct 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:11.48
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:49.10
6 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 50.21
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:06.71
  2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  DNF
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing