Carl Murphy - Para snowboarder
Carl Murphy has been competing as a Para snowboarder since 2007
Murphy 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.
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.
He then went one better, winning World Cup gold in this discipline in Canada.
Murphy was born with a congenital defect to his lower right leg, which was amputated when he was two. He rides his board with the help of a custom designed carbon fibre prosthetic leg.
In 2013, Murphy 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.
While he is based in Wanaka, Murphy spends the northern winters in Colorado, staying for two or three months at a time.
When he’s not training and competing, the father-of-three is an architectural designer.