Quick Facts

Vision Impairment – Cataracts, microphthalmia, nystagmus and glaucoma
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Date of Birth
February 21, 1988
Welby, NSW
Athlete and student
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014


Her parents

Career Highlights

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

Greatest Moment

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


Two-time Paralympian Melissa Perrine showed promise on the slopes early in her career when she won a silver medal in the women’s Super-G Visually Impaired at the 2009/10 IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup event in Winter Park, USA.

Together with her sighted guide at the time, Andy Bor, Melissa made her Paralympic debut the following year at Vancouver 2010. The duo impressed with fifth place in the downhill, seventh in the super-G and eighth in the slalom, and after winning

a slew of medals in the four years after Vancouver, they were among Australia’s top medal hopes for Sochi 2014.

Unfortunately, Melissa and Andy struck an unbelievable run of bad luck at their second Paralympic Games.

After 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 DNF.

She was disqualified in the super combined for attaching a visor to her race helmet, and a ski came loose in the slalom and giant slalom to bring her Games campaign to a disappointing close.

Melissa rediscovered her winning edge at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada, where she won an incredible three gold, one silver and one bronze medal across the five Para-alpine skiing disciplines.

Although she took an extended break from competition during the 2016/17 season to focus on her studies, Melissa was as impressive as ever on the World Para-alpine skiing World Cup circuit, collecting two gold, five silver and four bronze medals. Five of these were won at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event.

Melissa is Australia’s first female athlete to win a World Championships medal in Para- alpine skiing, and with the help of her long- time coach and newly appointed sighted guide, Christian Geiger, she has never been closer to achieving her goal of winning a Paralympic gold medal. However, she says none of her success would be possible were it not for her parents’ unwavering support.

Off the slopes, Melissa is studying a Master of Physiotherapy at Western Sydney University, after completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2011 and Master of Exercise and Sports Science in 2012.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and doing mixed martial arts.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: B2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super Combined Classification: B2