Bailley Unahi


Bailley joined the National Development programme in 2020 and is working hard pursuing her career in competitive ski racing. 

She spent the Northern Hemisphere training at Sunshine Village and Mt Norquay in Banff, Canada.

Disciplines: Giant Slalom, Slalom.

Home town: Winton


Bailley grew up in Winton, a small town in Southland, spending her time playing a huge range of sports including rugby, netball, touch rugby and basketball. Although she grew up relatively close to the mountains, Bailley had only spent five days total on the slopes during her annual school trips to The Remarkables Ski Area. 

Bailley was 19 years old and in her second year at the University of Otago when she sustained spinal injuries in a balcony collapse at a concert in Dunedin in March 2016. Those sports that were a huge part of her identity were no longer accessible to her as a paraplegic.

After returning to study in 2017 Bailley became involved with ParaFed Otago and attended the Adam Hall Snow Sports weekend at Cardrona Alpine Resort where her passion for sit-skiing began. It wasn't until the 2018 Adaptive Snow Sports NZ Festival that Bailley was able to see first-hand the independence other adaptive skiers had on the mountains and the opportunity of a competitive pathway sit-skiing offered.

During the 2018 and 2019 winter Bailley spent most weekends travelling from Dunedin to Wanaka to make the most of her on snow opportunities while completing her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Jane Stevens, Snow Sports NZ Adaptive Manager, provided a huge amount of support and guidance to help Bailley progress in the sport. 

Bailley graduated from Otago University in November 2019 and with the support of her community fundraised enough money for her own sit-ski.  Travelling to the Northern Hemisphere to train was the next step for in her competitive pathway and with encouragement from Jane Stevens and Sally Hawes, Bailley set off to Banff, Canada in December 2019 to train with Rocky Mountain Adaptive alongside fellow Kiwi sit-skier Kirstie Fairhurst. Bailley enjoyed the opportunity to travel and got her first taste of a full-time training program. 

Unfortunately due to Covid-19, the US-Canada National Alpine races in April 2020 were cancelled which delayed Bailley's first competitive race.  After returning to NZ, Bailley moved to Wanaka for the 2020 season where she has been training with the Wanaka Adaptive Alpine Ski Team and looking forward to the coming Northern winter.

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