Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left below-elbow limb deficiency
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
June 2, 1991
Home
Barwon Heads, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014

Heroes

His mum

Career Highlights

Sharing the podium with Toby Kane at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Sestriere, Italy

Greatest Moment

Cadel Evans winning the 2011 Tour de France

Bio

Experienced campaigner Mitchell Gourley was primed for success at Sochi 2014, following his impressive two gold, three silver and one bronze medal haul during the 2013/14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Series.

Although he worked hard to improve on his results from Vancouver 2010, where his best finish was 10th place in the Men’s Super-G Standing, Mitchell struck an unbelievable run of bad luck. He recorded a DNF in

the slalom, giant slalom and super-G, and placed fifth and seventh in the super combined and downhill, respectively. As his hopes of winning a Paralympic medal in Sochi were dashed, Mitchell shifted his focus to PyeongChang.

At the 2017 World Para-alpine skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, more than 10 years after making his Australian debut, Mitchell left his competition behind in the super combined to be crowned World Champion.

Off the back of this incredible result, which earned him national and international recognition, he won gold in the giant slalom at the 2016/17 World Para-alpine skiing World Cup event in Hakuba, Japan and finished just 0.67 seconds from silver in the super-G at the 2016/17 World Cup Finals in PyeongChang. Capping his best season yet on the snow, Mitchell topped the World Cup rankings in the giant slalom to win his first Crystal Globe.

As the 2016 and 2017 Ski & Snowboard Australia Para-athlete of the Year and a second-term athlete representative on the World Para-alpine skiing Sport Technical Committee, Mitchell’s selection as co- captain of the 2018 Australian Paralympic Team was a natural choice for the APC.

Off the slopes, he studies a Master of Business (Sport Management) at Deakin University in Melbourne, having already completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne in 2014.

In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing and doing crosswords.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super Combined Classification: LW6/8-2