Quick Facts

How acquired
Vision Impairment
Alpine Skiing
Date of Birth
February 21, 1988
Welby, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014


Her parents

Career Highlights

Competing at Vancouver 2010

Greatest Moment

Young Australian of the Year 2007 – Wingercarribee Council area


It takes immense ability, skill, dedication and courage to be an elite vision-impaired alpine skier, attributes of which Melissa Perrine certainly has no shortage.

From the Southern Highlands region of NSW, Melissa and her sighted guide Andrew Bor have been skiing together since she was first selected to the national squad in 2009. Since then, Melissa has competed at two Paralympic Winter Games and is one of just five Australian women to do so.

Melissa showed promise on the slopes early on in her career when she won a silver medal in the super-G at her first international competition – the 2009 IPC North American Cup, and since then has had an enormous amount of success on the IPC World Cup circuit with several gold, silver and bronze medals.

As one of Australia’s best medal hopes for the Sochi Games, Melissa had reached peak form in the World Cup season leading into the Games, and had improved dramatically as a skier during the last couple of years, however it was not to be her Games.

After a close fourth place finish on day one of competition in the downhill, Melissa’s luck did not improve. In a medal winning position in the super-G, she lost control and did not finish the race; she was disqualified in the super-combined for using an added visor to her race helmet; and her ski came loose from her footing in both the slalom and giant slalom, bringing to a close a disappointing Games.

Melissa credits her parents as the most influential people in her life due to their unwavering support of her skiing career. She also looks up the UFC fighter Ronda Rousey who paved the way for women in the sport and enjoys mixed martial arts and judo in her spare time as well as studying to be a physiotherapist.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super G Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super combined Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant slalom Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: B2