AIS Paralympic Alpine Skiing - Mitchell Gourley
Determined and confident, Mitchell Gourley is striving to one day win a Paralympic medal in the giant slalom, super G and downhill events. At his first Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Mitchell had encouraging results, finishing 10th in the Super G, 12th in the Giant Slalom and 27th in the Slalom.
Mitchell believes his selection on the Australian team and qualifying for the World Cup are some of his most treasured memories, and declares his Super G top 10 finish during his debut skiing circuit season, as his greatest sporting moment so far.
Not only does Mitchell ski, he also plays basketball, AFL and cricket and wishes he could play these sports more often. Although he misses cricket in particular, he does not miss the panic that filled him when his older brother locked him in his cricket bag. Mitchell also cycles and mountain-bikes competitively and enjoys rock-climbing.
In his spare time, Mitchell likes to read and cites the character Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird as someone he admires. He also looks up to former skier turned cyclist Michael Milton for pushing the boundaries of sport.