Sighted guide Jeremy O’Sullivan first linked up with vision impaired skier Shaun Pianta in late 2015, and together they began working towards selection for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games.
As the sighted guide to Shaun, Jeremy skis in front issuing voice commands and information about changes in pitch, rhythm and snow conditions while racing at speeds of up to 105km/h.
Born and raised in Bright, Victoria, Jeremy began competing in alpine skiing in 2000, making his international debut five years later at an International Ski Federation (FIS) race in Italy.
With previous experience as a guide for Paralympic medallists Jessica Gallagher and Prue Watt, it wasn’t long before Jeremy and Shaun found their rhythm. Together they gained crucial international experience at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, posting career-best scores in the men’s Super-G race two and Giant Slalom to finish second in both events, before making their World Championships debut later that month at the 2017 World Para-alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
Under the guidance of coach Chris McKnight, Jeremy is gradually edging closer towards fulfilling his goal of achieving selection for and being competitive at the Paralympic Games.
Looking to complete a Bachelor of Business and Management at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, in 10 years’ time Jeremy would love to be involved in Para-sport administration and management.
A talented musician with 17 years of experience playing the trumpet, Jeremy also enjoys mountain biking, spending time with his girlfriend, and watching Suits and Land of the Lost.