Kurt Oatway

 

Sit-skier Kurt Oatway won a bronze medal in slalom in his first ever World Cup para-alpine skiing competition held in New Zealand which launched the 2013-14 season. A few days later he added a fourth in the Super G. In January 2014, Oatway’s success continued with a fourth place in the downhill at the World Cup in Panorama, B.C.  He capped the season competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Oatway has been alpine skiing since he was five years old and started sit-skiing in 2010 after an accident. In September 2007, while on a university field trip studying sedimentary environments in Utah, Oatway was injured in a fall. He fell 12 metres from a rock outcrop suffering a radial compression fracture of the T12 vertebra which resulted in an incomplete spinal cord injury.

It was while watching the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver that Oatway realized that he needed to start alpine skiing again. His first foray into the sport in the sit-ski was at Mission Ridge Ski Hill in the Qu'Appelle Valley outside of Regina, in March 2010.

Oatway studied geology at Mount Royal College in Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He graduated in 2010 from the U of S with a Bachelor of Science majoring in geology. He has a keen interest in sedimentary and hard rock geology and hopes to pursue a professional career in that area.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014 Paralympian

  • Bronze medal in slalom at first career Word Cup race in New Zealand…

PERSONAL

Family: has an older brother who is also a competitive alpine skier. His mother is involved in all aspects of ski racing organization at local competitions… His father is also an avid skier and volunteers as well.

Getting into the sport: has been skiing since he was five-years-old… He competed in able-bodied skiing prior to his accident.  Got involved with para-skiing in 2010 after watching Vancouver Games.

Odds and ends: competed at 2011 Canada Winter Games and placed sixth in the giant slalom.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Sitting - Men 9
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Sitting - Men 5