Emerging Para-alpine skier Jonty ‘Jontos’ O’Callaghan, who was born with cerebral palsy affecting his right side, first set his sights on competing at the Paralympic Games after relocating to Switzerland in primary school, where his parents enrolled him in snow sports.

Now looking to earn selection to the 2018 Australian Paralympic Winter Team, Jonty is edging closer to his goal of winning Paralympic gold after achieving multiple podium finishes in what was a sensational 2016/17 season.

Under the guidance of coach Chris McKnight, Jonty represented Australia at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where he won bronze in the men’s Giant Slalom behind Finland’s Santeri Kiiveri and France’s Jordan Broisin, and placed fifth in the Super-G, just four seconds behind race leader and local favourite Robin Cuche.

Off the back of these results, he performed strongly at the 2017 World Para-alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, …

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Date of birth
28 March 1997
Sport
Para-alpine skiing
Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right side cerebral palsy hemiplegia
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Melbourne, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2007
First competed for Australia
2012
Sport career highlights

Selection for the 2017 World Para-alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy

Greatest sporting moments

Achieving a hat-trick as captain of his cricket team

Heroes/role models

Nelson Mandela and Sir Donald Bradman

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Downhill Classification: LW9-1
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Giant Slalom Classification: LW9-1
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Slalom Classification: LW9-1
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Super-G Classification: LW9-1

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