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Shaun Pianta and Jeremy O'Sullivan

Shaun Pianta: Para Alpine Skier


Shaun Pianta is a Para Alpine Skier who is Australia's highest ranked male visually imparied athlete; currently ranked 13th in the world. 

At 19, Shaun lost his sight after contracting a Super Bug whilst on holiday in Bali and was told by medical staff it was fatal. Miraculously, Shaun recovered, however it was at a price, losing 90% of his vision. After losing his eye sight Shaun then learnt to ski at 24yrs old. In 2014 he was selected as part of the Australian Paralympic Development Team after showing natural talent in the sport.

During Shaun's first international season competing, he was involved in a frerak training accident which resulted in both his legs breaking in 5 separate places. Just 12 months after these horific injuries, Shaun went on to win the title of USA Downhill Champion.

Away from competition, Shaun also gives back to the commmunity training guides for Disabled Wintersports Australia as well as engaging Hotham's Ski and Ride School, blindfolding participants to learn how to ski beyond sight, just like he does.

Before switching to Alpine Skiing, Pianta was a copetitve Jujutsu martial artist where he competed against able-sighted athletes. Shaun's most notably achievement was at the 2012 Pan Pacific Jujutsu Championships where he finished 2nd overall.

Career Achievements


  • Winner of Open Downhill US National Championships 2016
  • Finished 4th overall in 2016/2017 European Cup Tour
  • Qualified for World Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Italy, 2017
  • Placed 2nd in the 2012 Pan Pacific Jujutsu Championship

Jeremy O'Sullivan: Para Alpine Guide


As the sighted guide to Shaun, Jeremy skis in front of Shuan issuing voice commands and information about changing pitch, rhythm and snow conditions whilst racing at speeds of up to 105km/h. 

Born and raised in local township Bright, Victoria, Jeremy began competing in Alpine Skiing in 2000, making his international debut five years later at an International Ski Federation (FIS) race in Italy.

In 2014, Jeremy was handpicked to be a guide for Paralympic medallists Jessica Gallagher (Alpine Skiing). After that Jeremy then became guide to up and coming talent Shaun and has continued to be his guide ever since.

On top of his athletic training and competitions, Jeremy is also currently competing a Bachelor of Business and Management at Swinbourne University of Technology, with a focus to give back through Para-sport management.

Career Achievements


  • Winner of Open Downhill US National Championships 2016
  • Finished 4th overall in 2016/2017 European Cup Tour
  • Qualified for World Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Italy, 2017
  • Distinguished trainer and mentor for new guides with Ski and Snowboard Australia Para-Alpine Team, 2016 - current
  • APSI: Level 3 Adaptive Skilled instructor of Hotham Ski and Ride School