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DEJONG Lisa
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthSaskatoon, CAN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Two daughters
Residence
Sherwood Park, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology: Calgary, AB, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding at age 12 in Saskatchewan, Canada. "I started skiing first at three, and around 10 or 11 skiing just wasn't cool anymore, so I had to switch over to snowboarding."
Why this sport?
"I grew up in a ski family, so my parents and all of my siblings were big into skiing. That's what we did on the weekends. I was the youngest of four kids, so I really didn't have a choice, but luckily, it was something that I loved. At that small-town ski hill, snowboarding was just becoming a thing, there were only a handful of people who did it. And when I saw people snowboarding, it totally captivated me and I switched over [from skiing] as soon as I could and starting to learn how to snowboard."
Name of coach
Gregory Picard [national], CAN; Mark Fawcett [national]
Training Regime
She trains for 15 hours during an on-snow training week, and for seven hours during an off-snow training week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Horse riding, motorcycles, spending time with her family. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the snowboard cross Crystal Globe for the 2021/22 season. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her daughters. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always have a morning dance party in my room pre-race to hype myself up." (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Milestones
She became the first athlete representing Canada to win a medal in snowboard at the Paralympic Winter Games when she claimed silver in the SB-LL2 snowboard cross event at the 2022 Games in Beijing. Later the same day, her compatriot Tyler Turner claimed Canada's second snowboard medal, and first gold, at the Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Mar 2021; paralympic.ca, 07 Mar 2021; Paralympic Games Twitter profile, 07 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to win a Paralympic medal. (sherwoodparknews.com, 31 Aug 2021; canadasnowboard.ca, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
Her left leg has been amputated below the knee. "I was born with a foot on my left leg, but I was missing growth plates and an ankle joint. So, they were like, we can either do bone lengthening and you would never be able to run or play any sports, or we can just amputate the foot. It was a pretty easy decision I apparently made at three years old. I'm sure with my parents as well." (Toyota Canada YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2021; sherwoodparknews.com, 31 Aug 2021)
Other information
PROSTHETIC
She does not use a purpose-built prosthetic for snowboarding, and instead wears the one she uses for day-to-day activities. "Some people do have special snowboard legs, which can sometimes cost up to 50,000 [Canadian dollars] for just a leg to snowboard in, but I've been able to make my everyday leg work. The only adjustment I need to make for my entire snowboard setup is I have a riser under my sound leg under the binder, just to push my weight forward onto my prosthetic leg. It's almost like snowboarding with one leg that's higher than the other because you can't bend forward with that ankle." (sherwoodparknews.com, 31 Aug 2021)

PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
In 2013 she left her job as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. "I was a petroleum engineering technologist. I got to do a lot of travelling. Once I settled down with the family, I stayed home with the girls so I was left with more time to snowboard." (sherwoodparknews.com, 31 Aug 2021; Toyota Canada YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
8 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:20.19