Paralympic Alpine Ski racer Corey Peter’s sporting career continues to go from strength to strength. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games silver medallist now has his sights set firmly on his second Paralympic Games in PyeongChang 2018.
His results for 2018 have been outstanding so far, claiming two gold and one silver medal at the World Para Alpine Skiiing Cup in January in the Men's Super-G Sitting and Giant Slalom Sitting events.
He was a stand out performer in 2015 also claiming World Titles in Downhill and Super-G as well as a silver medal in Giant Slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada in March 2015.
The World Championships were the culmination of a highly successful Northern Hemisphere season for Corey which saw him win a world cup silver medal and finish third overall on IPC World Cup rankings in February 2015. Other results included bronze in Slalom, silver in Giant Slalom at IPC races in Aspen, USA (December 2014); bronze in Slalom, silver in Giant Slalom at IPC North America Cup races (December 2014); bronze and gold in Downhill and gold in Super-G at the US National Champs (February 2014).
During the 2015 New Zealand season Corey won the Giant Slalom at the IPC Snow Sports NZ National Champs and placed second in the Slalom at the IPCAS Southern Hemisphere Cup held as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.
Corey was named Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year and Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2014.
Corey’s results are made all the more impressive given the fact that he only took up sit-skiing in 2011. The former Taranaki age group and development squad rugby representative’s life changed in September 2009 when he sustained a crushed spinal cord at a motocross event.
Corey spent four months in the Spinal Unit learning the basics of how to live life in a wheelchair. Adjusting to a new way of life was tough but Corey remained determined to continue to live a fulfilled life.
In 2011, two years after the accident, he was introduced to the sport of sit skiing. He took to the sport immediately and the same year won gold in the men’s adaptive sit-ski event at the Para snowboard Winter Games at Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand. From there he set himself the ultimate goal of representing New Zealand at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Corey not only achieved his goal but won a silver medal in the Giant Slalom and placed fourth in the Super-Combined and sixth in Super-G.
Corey now spends his Northern Hemisphere seasons training in Winter Park in the USA and travelling throughout Europe and North America to compete. Back in New Zealand he splits his time between his home base in New Plymouth and training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and at the High Performance Sport New Zealand/Snow Sports NZ Training Centre in Wanaka.
Key international events include:
Northern Hemisphere season 2017/18
PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 9 to 18 March 2018