Australia at the Torino Winter Paralympics 2006

Australia took its largest-ever team, including ten athletes and ten support staff, to Torino. One of these athletes, Emily Jansen, a below-knee amputee skier, was Australia’s first-ever female Winter Paralympic competitor, 46 years after Daphne Ceeney had become Australia’s first, female athlete at the Summer Paralympic Games.

Media coverage in Australia was the most extensive ever experienced, even though Melbourne was hosting the Commonwealth Games at the same time. The ABC had exclusive rights, along with ParalympicSport.TV, and telecast nightly, 30-minute, primetime highlights. Their comprehensive coverage was so impressive that it won the IPC 2007 Paralympic Media Award.

 

Performance:

Australia was represented by 10 athletes, the country’s largest-ever Winter Paralympic Games team. These athletes competed in three sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, and Cross-Country Skiing. Prior to the games, the Australian Paralympic Committee set a target of two medals, down from the seven that had been won in Salt Lake City in 2002. This was due to the retirement of three-time medallist Bart Bunting, as well as changes made to the disability classification system. Australia met this target with a silver and a bronze medal, won by leg amputee skiers Michael Milton and Toby Kane, respectively. As a result, Australia finished equal 13th on the medal tally.

Australia was represented by 10 athletes at the 2006 Torino Winter Paralympics, the country’s largest-ever Winter Paralympic Games team.