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HANDLEY Alex Joshua
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age29
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Georgia
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Director
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para snowboard in 2016.
Why this sport?
He was a skier and snowboarder prior to his accident, and attended the 2016 Australian Paralympic Committee Futures Camp in Perisher, NSW, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Hobbies
Water skiing, cycling, riding motorbikes. (paralympic.org.au, 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Cup event in Lake Tahoe, CA, United States of America. (paralympic.org.au, 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian snowboarder Scotty James. (paralympic.org.au, 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be happy and enjoy the ride." (paralympic.org.au, 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para water skiing in Australia, and participated in the national championships in the sport. (skiracing.com.au, 13 Mar 2016; awsrc.com.au, 01 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives
His father Chris has served as president of the Victorian Water Ski Association in Australia. His brother Sam has competed in water skiing at regional level in Australia. (waterskiracing.com, 16 Aug 2018; skiracing.com.au, 30 Mar 2018)
Impairment
At age 21 his right arm was paralysed in a water skiing crash. He broke his neck and sustained nerve damage to his brachial plexus, the network of nerves from the spinal cord in the neck that travel down the arm. (Australian Adaptive Snowboard Team Facebook page, 07 Feb 2018; paralympic.org.au, 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as director at Accurate Scan and Locate, a plumbing company based in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (waterskiracing.com, 16 Aug 2018; LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
11 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired