Bart Bunting

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Bart Bunting
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Bart Bunting (left) at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 17 June 1976
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Para-alpine skiing
Event(s) Downhill
Super-G
Giant slalom
Slalom
Super combined
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2002 Winter Paralympics, 2010 Winter Paralympics

Bartholomew "Bart" Bunting (born 17 June 1976) is an Australian blind Paralympic alpine skier. He started skiing in 1998 with his guide Nathan Chivers. He won two gold medals and a silver medal with Chivers at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics and competed at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics.

Personal[edit]

Bunting was born on 17 June 1976,[1] and has been blind since birth.[2] Bunting attended the secondary school Oakhill College.[3] He has a degree in computer science from the University of Technology, Sydney, and works in satellite networking.[1][4] He was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's X Paralympic Games in March 2010.[2]

Skiing[edit]

Bunting skied with his guide Nathan Chivers, whom he has known since high school.[1][5] He began skiing in 1998 at a "tryout camp" for people with disabilities. He found it difficult at first, but in 2000, he won a gold medal in the downhill and giant slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Anzère, Switzerland.[5] From 2001 to 2003 and in 2009, he had an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship for alpine skiing.[6]

Bunting won two gold medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games in the downhill B1–3 and super-G B1–3 events, and a silver medal in the giant slalom B1–2 event.[7] Due to these achievements, he carried the Australian flag during the closing ceremony of the Games.[4] Bunting and Chivers retired after 2002 due to Chivers breaking a leg in a motorbike accident.[8] He returned to competition with Chivers in 2009 with the aim of competing at the 2010 Vancouver Games.[8] He competed but did not win any medals at these games[7] with Nathan Chivers as his guide.[9] While he was scheduled to ski in the second run of the giant slalom at the 2010 Games, he withdrew from that competition to focus on the downhill event.[10] He had been in 14th place after his first run.[9] By June 2011, he had retired from elite skiing.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bart Bunting". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Walters, Conrad (18 March 2010). "Critic's view Saturday, March 20". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 32. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bart Bunting crashes out of Paralympics". Hills Shire Times. 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Bart Bunting". Crew and Recruits. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jordan, Bev (16 February 2010). "It's snow time for blind Hills skier Bart Bunting". Hills Shire Times. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Nihil, G. (2006). Australian Institute of Sport : celebrating excellence. Focus Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 1-921156-16-3. 
  7. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b McDonald, Margie (12 August 2009). "Bart Bunting and Nathan Chivers rekindle Paralympic flames". The Australian. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Caruana, Patrick (17 March 2010). "Aussies struggle in fog at Creekside". Nine MSN. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aussie Dallas sixth in giant slalom". Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Coaching Coup Brings Sochi Success Closer". International Paralympic Committee. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2012.