Josh Crean joined the national development programme in 2018, having been inspired to pursue a career in competitive ski racing after meeting Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey Peters and Para athlete Aaron Ewen at a Have-a-Go Day at Auckland's Snowplanet a few years earlier.
Disciplines: Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G
Home town: Auckland
Josh was born with an incomplete left hand so skis with just one pole. He took to the snow from a young age, travelling from Auckland to Mt Hutt for family ski holidays and enjoying every moment he could be in the mountains.
Seeing his school mates enjoying ski racing, Josh decided to give it a go and soon joined the Sacred Heart School Ski Team, racing at Snowplanet in Auckland as well as travelling to Mt Ruapehu to compete.
It was at a Snow Sports NZ Adaptive Snow Sports Have-a-Go-Day at Snowplanet that Josh first met Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey Peters. A trip down to Wanaka for the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival followed and Josh was inspired to pursue a career in competitive snow sports.
He finished school at the end of 2017 and travelled to Winter Park in the USA to train and begin competing against an international field.
Josh is all about chasing the snow, enjoying back-to-back winters training at Cardrona in NZ and Winter Park in the USA. If he's not on snow you'll find him out fishing or just enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.
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