Soyer does us proud

March 21, 2018

Mark Soyer proudly represented Australia and his hometown Benalla, which helped him raise $29000 to make it to Pyeongchang.

Benalla’s Mark Soyer has finished 16th in the men’s super-G sitting and 18th in the men’s giant slalom sitting in the downhill skiing at the Paralympic Games.

Soyer proudly represented Australia and his hometown Benalla, which helped him raise $29000 to make it to Pyeongchang.

Soyer was able to flip his results completely within 24 hours, after not completing three of his five events. He successfully completed the super-G and did not suffer from any of the equipment failures from ski and bindings that plagued him in training and day one of competition.

‘‘There are a few hard sections higher up but it is very soft and pretty much ‘whoopsies’ the whole way down,’’ he said.

‘‘Trying to keep ski contact is quite difficult.’’

He was satisfied knowing he had now completed his first Para-alpine medal event.

‘‘I am pretty excited by that. And my rig stayed in one piece, so we’re kicking goals.’’

Australian Sports Commission chief executive Kate Palmer has congratulated the Australian team on its best performance at a Winter Paralympic Games in 16 years.

Completing the Games with one gold and three bronze medals, Australia finished 15th on the medal table between Norway (14th) and Finland (16th), its best result since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games when alpine skier Michael Milton (four gold) and Bart Bunting (two gold and a silver) were stars.

‘‘This is an absolutely brilliant result given a small team of 15 Australian athletes, including three sighted guides. This team has been an inspiration, competing in the biggest Winter Paralympic Games in history,’’ Palmer said.

‘‘International sporting competition is getting tougher and so it is a wonderful reward for the team to finish with four medals, including Australia’s first gold medal since 2002, to snowboarder Simon Patmore.

‘‘Alpine skier Melissa Perrine showed persistence to claim her first medals, two bronze, at her third Games appearance. It was fitting she was able to lead the Australian team at the closing ceremony.

‘‘More broadly, the camaraderie, athleticism and dedication the Australian team has shown in competing and supporting each other has been remarkable. I had the enormous privilege of seeing this first-hand in Pyeongchang and it’s something I will remember forever.’’

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