25 AUGUST - 6 SEPT 2020 (JST)

4 - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Name Carl Murphy
Sport Para snowboard
Date of Birth
17 April 1979
Coach John Shelly
Resides Wanaka
Occupation Architectural Designer
Classification SB LL2
Impairment (Disability)
Limb deficiency
Paralympian #
189 - PyeongChang 2018 & Sochi 2014


Major International Results
2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games 5th - Men's Banked Slalom
12th - Men's Snowboard Cross
2018 World Para Snowboard World Cup (Canada) Bronze - Men's Banked Slalom 
2017 World Para Snowboard World Cup (Netherlands)  10th - Men's Banked Slalom
2017 Europa Cup (Netherlands) 11th - Men's Banked Slalom
2017 World Para Snowboard World Cup (New Zealand) Bronze - Men's Banked Slalom 
2017 Para Snowboard World Championships 12th - Men's Banked Slalom
2015 Europa Cup Bronze - Men's Snowboard Cross
  IPC Skiing World Cup Silver - Men's Banked Slalom
  IPC Skiing World Cup (Canada) Gold - Men's Banked Slalom
Bronze - Men's Snowboard Cross
   X Games Silver -  Men's Snowboard Cross
2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games 4th - Men's Snowboard Cross SB LL


World Rankings (as at April 2018)
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 6=
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2

Cardrona NZ National Adaptive Snowboard Team member Carl Murphy was born with only one and a half legs but that hasn’t stopped him from getting up on a snowboard and competing at an international level. Carl rides his board with the help of a custom designed carbon fibre prosthetic leg.

Carl represented New Zealand in Para snowboard cross at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and achieved an impressive fourth place finish in his Paralympic debut. This has made him more determined to win a Paralympic medal and spurred on his performances at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea. Despite not winning a medal in 2018, Carl put on a brilliant showing, pushing the world’s top ranked Para snowboard to his limits in an electrifying race.

He started off his 2014/15 northern hemisphere campaign by winning bronze in Para snowboard Cross at the Europa Cup and World Cup silver in the new Paralympic discipline of banked slalom. In January Carl went one better, winning World Cup gold in this discipline in Canada. He also took out World Cup bronze in the Men's Snowboard Cross. Carl was invited to compete at the X Games at the end of the January 2015. In a nail biting finals race and testament to Carl’s competitive nature he launched over the finish line and claimed the silver medal. 

In 2013 Carl won the Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year Award and was recognised as the Snow Sports NZ Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year.

In his spare time, Carl is an architectural designer, husband and father.

Key international events include:

Northern Hemisphere season 2018/19


Classification means...

Para snowboard currently offers two sport classes, one for athletes with leg impairments and one for athletes with arm impairments. The sport is under development and with its growth the Classification system will be further refined.
Sport Class SB LL:
Para snowboarders in the sport class SB LL have leg impairments, such as amputations above the ankle, stiffness of ankle or knee joint or muscle weakness. Athletes with amputations will use prosthesis during the races.

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