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Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Truckee, CA, USA
Athlete, Author, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Education - University of Nevada: Reno, NV, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age one and took up snowboarding at age seven.
Why this sport?
"Doctors told my parents that I would never be able to walk or run like other kids. Defying the doctors, my parents refused to accept that I would not walk. My dad, who was a big skier, along with my mum, opted to strap skis to my feet. Before I could walk and support myself, at age one my parents sent me down our snowy driveway on my first pair of skis. Since that day, I became hooked on snow sports."
Club / Team
Donek Adaptive Snowboard: Denver, CO, USA
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His mother. (YouTube channel, 16 Feb 2018)
He underwent ankle reconstructive surgery at age 13. (, 08 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big, big dreams." (Facebook page, 22 Jan 2019)
Famous relatives
His sister Catherine competed in snowboarding at the 2018 National Championships in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America. (, 09 Mar 2018)
He acquired cerebral palsy as a result of a severe brain haemorrhage at birth. (, 02 Oct 2018)
Other information
He is a children's book author and illustrator. In 2018 his book, 'Jack and Pop-Pop's Spectacular Journey', was published. (, 01 Jun 2018)

In addition to cerebral palsy he has overcome a range of other conditions including beals syndrome, executive processing disorder and ADHD. Beals syndrome is characterised by long, bent fingers and toes, and permanent bending of major joints, while ADHD and executive processing disorder are intellectual impairments that led to difficulties with language processing and memory for him. "By the time I reached the eighth grade, I was still struggling with ADHD and attention issues. But, I was also finding that I was struggling with my math class, language arts class, and history short essay exams. My mum started realising that I was struggling. She took me to a local psychiatrist and I was diagnosed with an executive processing disorder and that explained why I struggled with those subjects. Having that diagnosis was such a relief to me because for the longest time I thought I was just dumb at math and writing. The diagnosis was major. That helped me get through high school and receive honours when I graduated." (, 10 Feb 2018; YouTube channel, 16 Feb 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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