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TURNER Tyler
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Place of BirthCalgary, CAN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Kathleen
Residence
Campbell River, BC, CAN
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English
General Interest
Hobbies
Sailing, surfing, skydiving, skateboarding, rock climbing. (YouTube channel, 27 Aug 2020; livingwithamplitude.com, 04 Aug 2020; mountainlifemedia.ca, 08 Jun 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A lot of people have a big switch after an injury like this. They flip their lives 180 degrees. I haven't had that, I'm the same dude chasing the same goals, doing the same things I did before." (mountainlifemedia.ca, 08 Jun 2020)
Other sports
He competed at the 2020 Para Surfing World Championship in La Jolla, CA, United States of America. (vicnews.com, 15 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook profile, 10 Sep 2020; livingwithamplitude.com, 04 Aug 2020)
Impairment
In 2017 he was involved in a skydiving accident that saw him crash-land and suffer injuries to both legs. His right leg was amputated below the knee immediately after the accident, and he was in a coma for four days. After a year of rehabilitation in attempt to save his other leg, he decided to also have his left leg amputated below the knee, and he underwent the operation in November 2018. (Instagram profile, 25 Nov 2020; mountainlifemedia.ca, 08 Jun 2020; vicnews.com, 15 Mar 2020)
Other information
OVERCOMING DIFFICULTY
He says he struggled with addiction to prescription medication and his mental health during the six-month period between his discharge from hospital and his second leg amputation. "I was not in a happy place that year [2018], waiting for my other leg to be amputated. It was a really bad, really dark place. I'd come out of the hospital on a power prescription. When you are that messed up, the doses are high, and they prescribe a lot of them. And I took them all." He stopped taking all medication a month after his second amputation. "It was insane. Nine of the worst days of my life. It was just like every movie. I went crazy, didn't sleep at all for nine days. I'd stay up all through the night and do laps around downtown Victoria [BC, Canada] in my wheelchair. And then, two or three weeks later, I started feeling better." (mountainlifemedia.ca, 08 Jun 2020)

WINGSUIT QUEST
He has trained to become a wingsuit pilot, and in July 2020 he made his first training flight using a tracking suit. "After my amputation, I talked to a lot of the [wingsuit] manufacturers, and they said they'd never heard of a bilateral amputee being a wingsuit pilot. So I said, 'Well let's do that'. I just have a goal of flying an actual wingsuit. It's never been done [by a bilateral amputee]. If I'm going to do it, I'm not going to take the cheap, easy way to do it. I'm going to do it in a way that's respected by the skydive and wingsuit community. I want to do it right. If anyone out there wants to learn to wingsuit, send them to me and I'll let them know what the next five years of their life look like. You're looking at a minimum of 200 skydives before even considering a tracking suit. It's a big commitment of time and money. Set yourself up for success, and there really isn't a limit as an amputee." (livingwithamplitude.com, 04 Aug 2020; Instagram profile, 25 Jul 2020)

OCCUPATION
Before his accident he was a skydiving instructor and airborne photographer in Victoria, BC, Canada, and he has since returned to full-time work as a skydiving instructor. (livingwithamplitude.com, 04 Aug 2020; mountainlifemedia.ca, 08 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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