SKINNER Leigh < Back  
Sport Para Powerlifting
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 07 Aug 1964
Height1.68 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Vicki
Residence Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began powerlifting six months before he competed at his first international event, in 2007 in Darwin, NT, Australia.
Why this sport? A friend suggested he try taking part in powerlifting for people with a physical impairment.
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Australia
Location Darwin, NT, AUS
General Interest
Hero / Idol Australian powerlifter Steve Green. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Feb 2011)
Injuries A series of illnesses and injuries, including shoulder surgery in 2015, resulted in a three-year absence from international competition. He returned to elite competition at the 2017 World Cup event in Eger, Hungary. (paralympic.org.au, 31 May 2017; anz.isafyi.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Go hard or go home." (nutritionwarehouse.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Impairment His impairment is the result of a tumour in his spinal cord. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Mar 2013; nutritionwarehouse.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
He was chosen as a sport ambassador for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (sportingwheelies.org.au, 29 May 2017)