Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – double arm amputee
Sport
Snowboarding
How acquired
Shark attack
Date of Birth
March 22, 1991
Home
Bunbury, WA
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2015
First Competed for Australia
2016
Heroes

Ben Tudhope

Career Highlights

Placing sixth in snowboard cross at the 2017 IPC Para-snowboard World Cup at Lake Tahoe, USA

Greatest Moment

Competing at the 2016/17 IPC World Cup Finals in PyeongChang, South Korea

Bio

Bunbury native Sean Pollard is one to watch in the next couple of years as he looks to take the Para-snowboard world by storm.

Having only entered the world of Paralympic sport two-and-a-half years ago, he has hit the ground running as he notches up the points he needs to qualify for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games.

Sean became a double limb amputee in 2014 after being attacked by two great white sharks while surfing in a remote area of Esperance’s Wylie Bay.  Not letting his disability get in the way of his lifestyle, Sean was determined to get back into action sports and began his journey to the Paralympic Games with a chance of luck.

While trying out snowboarding for the first time on a boys trip to Canada, Sean was spotted by the Canadian Para-snowboard coach, who told him about the growth of the sport and encouraged him to look into competing back home in Australia.

Motivated by the prospect of returning to sport after acquiring his disability, Sean got in touch with the Australian Paralympic Committee and attended a specialist camp for Para-snowboarders with upper limb impairments just two weeks later.

Sean achieved some great top 15 results in his first competitive season on the snow, including a sixth-place finish in the men’s snowboard cross at the 2017 IPC Para-snowboard World Cup at Lake Tahoe, USA, a moment which ranks among the highlights of his still early career.

At the 2016/17 IPC World Cup Finals in PyeongChang, South Korea, he disposed of two-time world championship medallist, Briton Ben Moore in the snowboard cross to finish eighth overall, before wrapping up his inaugural World Cup campaign with an eighth-place finish in the banked slalom.

While training for PyeongChang, Sean looks up to fellow Australian teammate Ben Tudhope for inspiration. He cites his enthusiasm and passion for his sport and his attitude to life as a great motivator to train and appreciates having him around during competition time.

Off the slopes, Sean enjoys skateboarding and has recently completed a Certificate III in Tourism. His goal is to win a gold at a World Cup or a Paralympic Games and to live a happy life.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Snowboard cross Classification: SB-UL
  • Sport: Snowboarding Disciplines: Banked slalom Classification: SB-UL