One of just five Australian women ever to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games, Melissa Perrine showed promise on the slopes early in her career, achieving a podium finish with her former sighted guide Andy Bor at the 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup in Winter Park, USA.

Making their Paralympic debut together the following year in Vancouver, Canada, Melissa and Andy did well to place fifth in the women’s Downhill, seventh in the Super-G and eighth in the Slalom, and after winning a slew of medals in the four years between Vancouver and Sochi, they were among Australia’s top medal hopes for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Unfortunately, Melissa and Andy struck an unbelievable run of bad luck in Sochi. Following a narrow fourth place finish in the Downhill on day one, Melissa was in a medal-winning position in the Super-G before losing control and recording a Did Not …

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Date of birth
21 February 1988
Sport
Para-alpine skiing
Past Paralympic Games

Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014

Impairment
Vision Impairment – Cataracts, microphthalmia, nystagmus and glaucoma
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Welby, NSW
Occupation
Athlete and student
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2009
Sport career highlights

Winning five medals at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada

Greatest sporting moments

The St. George Illawarra Dragons winning the NRL premiership title in 2010

Heroes/role models

Her parents

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Downhill Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Giant Slalom Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Slalom Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Super-G Classification: B2
  • Sport: Para-alpine skiing Discipline: Super Combined Classification: B2

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