Jason Sauer was introduced to skiing as a child. As Jason grew, his passion for snow-based sports also grew and he spent many winters working in the snow, to support his passion for skiing and snowboarding. After losing both his legs in 2011 due to rhabdomyolysis, (the destruction or degeneration of muscle tissue) Jason was not doing well. When he received an invitation to attend a Para-bobsled driving school in the USA, his life began to turn around.
“After parting with my legs in the Jan of 2011 I was not coping well at all. Fortunately, in late December 2011, I accepted an invitation to go to Park City, Utah to attend a Para-bobsled driving school in January 2012. I then stayed on in Park City to learn to sit-ski. In late February I raced for the first time and in March I had the good fortune to drive bobsled in Igls, Austria. I continued to return to Park City in the winters of 2012/13 (driving bobsled) and in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to continue my adaptive ski racing and training. In the Northern winter of 2016/17 I sat the season out from ski racing to recover from osseointergration surgery performed in September 2016. I did however return to bobsled and I raced for the first time. In Jan 2017 I raced Para-bobsled World Cups in Lillehammer, Norway and Oberhof, Germany. I also raced in the World Championships in St.Moritz.
It’s my dream to win a medal in the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics in Para-bobsled and/or Para-alpine skiing. Para-bobsled has been provisionally accepted in the Games and it’s anticipated that the IPC will announce it as an event in Beijing after one more successful season of racing. I am currently ranked 15th in the world and the only ranked Aussie.”
START foundation recently awarded Jason a grant to purchase his own sit-ski. "Congratulations Jason on all you've achieved so far, we look forward to following his journey over the next few years, especially in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympic games."