Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Cone-rod dystrophy
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
February 27, 1996
Home
Birmingham Gardens, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2014
First Competed for Australia
2014
Heroes

Bode Miller

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy

Bio

Up-and-coming Para-alpine skier Patrick Jensen and his sighted guide Lara Falk are ones to watch in the lead-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Initially aiming to debut at Beijing 2022, the duo are working hard to achieve genuine medal contender-status for PyeongChang 2018, gaining crucial international experience at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where they posted career-best scores in the men’s Giant Slalom and Super-G to finish third in both events.

Off the back of these results, Patrick and Lara made their World Championship debut at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, a moment which ranks among the highlights of his still early career. There they clocked a combined time of 1:47.91 to place ninth in a competitive field of 29 in the Slalom.

First hitting the slopes in 2013 at a Disabled Wintersport Australia camp, Patrick soon made a name for himself in Para-alpine circles, debuting for Australia the following year at the IPC Para-alpine World Cup in Thredbo, NSW.

Outside of training and competition, ‘Pato’, who was diagnosed with macular dystrophy and Stargardt disease at the age of seven, enjoys surfing, skateboarding and playing the drums and guitar. He is the drummer of Newcastle-based skramz band George Booth.

The Birmingham Gardens local is currently studying massage therapy at Evolve College, and is considering a career in physiotherapy after PyeongChang 2018.

In 10 years’ time, Patrick hopes to have achieved several World Cup podium finishes and have won Crystal Globes in more than one discipline.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: B3
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: B3
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: B3
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: B3