AIS Paralympic Alpine Skiing - Andrew Bor
A highly talented vision-impaired skier who has enjoyed a rapid rise in the sport, Melissa was in need of an equally skilled sighted pilot to assist in achieving her goal of competing at the 2010 Paralympic Games, a role Andy readily accepted.
Although he still acts as a mentor to Australia’s Paralympic Winter Team, his major focus has shifted to strengthening his partnership with Melissa. In their Paralympic debut at Vancouver, Andy helped Melissa to finish 5th in the Downhill, 7th in the Super G and 9th in the Slalom.
As sighted guide for a vision-impaired athlete, it is Andy’s job to ski just a few metres in front of Melissa and issue voice instructions and directions while completing the course as fast as possible. It is a sport certainly not for the faint hearted.
At their first IPC World Cup event as a partnership in January 2010, Melissa finished fourth in the Downhill event which confirmed she has a bright future ahead of her.