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GENGE Andrew
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthOshawa, CAN
Height1.83 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Courtney Shaw
Residence
North Vancouver, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Nursing - Durham College: Oshawa, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1998 at age 10 at Brimacombe ski resort in Orono, ON, Canada. "I've been snowboarding my whole life. That winter after my stroke, I got on my snowboard again and I was instantly in love again, but I only decided to go into competition about four years ago [2013]."
Why this sport?
He skied as a boy with his father, but got bored of it and wanted to try something new with his friends. "That rush and freedom of the ride is why I do what I do. When I'm strapped into my board nothing can get in my way and anything is possible."
Name of coach
Mark Fawcett [national], CAN; Dave Blaine [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Big White, BC, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Genger, Gengie, Mountain Drew (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Running, weightlifting, using technology. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (durhamregion.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Mark Fawcett and David Blaine. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
His father. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He wears the same beanie hat for good luck. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Feel the rhythm, feel the ride, get on up, it's snowboard time!" (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Impairment
In 2004 he suffered multiple facial [mostly jaw] fractures while playing rugby for his high school team. The fractured bones severed an artery, causing a 12 centimetre blood clot to form and travel to his brain. He had a stroke, which resulted in paralysis on the right side of his body. "It took me about half a year later to finally be able to walk again, and it took two and a half years to finally be able to use my hand again." (gofundme.com, 15 Jul 2016; Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other information
OTHER STUDIES
From 2006 to 2011 he studied human movement studies and exercise science at York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
11 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:19.39
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
17 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 58.63
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
14 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
6 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:11.20
12 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:26.36