Emerging Para-alpine skier Jonty O’Callaghan set his eyes on the Paralympic Games when he first hit the slopes as a nine-year-old while on a family vacation in Europe.
Now looking to earn selection to the 2018 Australian Paralympic Winter Team, Jonty is nearing his goal after sensational 2016 and 2017 seasons where he achieved multiple podium finishes.
Born with cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body, Jonty competed at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Veyzonnaz, Switzerland where he won bronze in the men’s Giant Slalom, just behind Finland’s Santeri Kiiveri and France’s Jordan Broisin.
He also put down two consistent performances in the Super-G, placing fifth, only four seconds behind the race leader, Robin Cuche.
Off the back of these results, Jonty did Australia proud at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, where he clocked a time of 2:31.04 to finish 18th in a field of 30 in the Giant Slalom.
When he’s not chasing snow, London-born Jonty enjoys playing Aussie Rules, cricket, tennis and golf.
Sports & Disciplines
- Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: LW9-1
- Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: LW9-1
- Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: LW9-1