Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Sacral agenesis
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
January 25, 1991
Home
East Gosford, NSW
Occupation
Marketer
Started Competing
2011
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience

Sochi 2014

Heroes

Melissa Perrine

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the Super-G at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup in Kimberley, Canada

Greatest Moment

The Steelers winning silver at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

Bio

Victoria ‘Tori’ Pendergast was on a family ski holiday as a teen when Disabled Wintersport Australia spotted her on the slopes. Her eyes opened to the world of Paralympic ski racing, Tori began attending racing camps with the APC’s development squad after completing her Higher School Certificate in 2009.

In the lead-up to her Paralympic debut in 2014 as Australia’s first ever female Paralympic sit-skier, Tori achieved a podium finish on home soil, winning bronze in the women’s Giant Slalom at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Thredbo, NSW. This, together with her silver and bronze medal haul at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup in Sun Peaks, Canada, stood her in good stead at the Games, where she placed eighth in the Slalom and 10th in the Giant Slalom.

After winning gold in the Super-G at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup in Kimberley, Canada, still the highlight of her career to date, Tori set her sights on selection for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, representing Australia well at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada and the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Hakuba, Japan, where she placed sixth in the Slalom and Giant Slalom, respectively.

Working to emulate American sit-skiers and Paralympic gold medallists Alana Nichols and Laurie Stephens, Tori’s ultimate sporting goal is to win a Paralympic medal, as well as to achieve a consistent World Cup season.

Outside of training and competition, she enjoys freeskiing, kayaking, gaming and binge-watching Netflix. In 2012, she completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and International Business at the University of Technology Sydney, and in 10 years’ time, she hopes to still be working in a marketing role, and to have 15 dogs.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: LW12-1
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: LW12-1
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: LW12-1
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: LW12-1
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super Combined Classification: LW12-1