Rising Para-snowboard star Alex Handley began his career in sport as an Australian representative water skier but after paralysing his arm in a high-speed crash, he is now on the verge of representing his country at the Paralympic Games. Alex was 21 when he broke his neck and lost most of the movement in his right arm after falling from a water ski while travelling at 150km/h. Following a delay in rehabilitation due to his neck injury, he spent the next three years learning how to use his left hand and arm as his dominant side, including relearning how to write. An experienced skier and snowboarder, it wasn’t long before Alex found his pathway into Para-sport. He’d seen Para-snowboard on YouTube in the years prior to his accident, and in 2016 he took his interest a step further by attending an Australian Paralympic Committee Futures Camp in Perisher, NSW, where… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right arm nerve damage
Sport
Snowboarding
How acquired
Waterskiing accident
Date of Birth
April 27, 1991
Home
Yarra Glen, VIC
Occupation
Athlete and plumber
Started Competing
2016
First Competed for Australia
2016
Heroes

Scotty James

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2017 IPC Snowboard World Cup in Lake Tahoe, USA

Greatest Moment

Placing fourth at the Water Ski World Championships

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Banked Slalom Classification: SB-UL
  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Snowboard Cross Classification: SB-UL