Kyrra Grunnsund

Kyrra Grunnsund
Skiing - Amputee, Athletics, Swimming, Running - 1992

Kyrra was born 18th March 1959, without his right leg below the knee. Kyrra was keen to ski from an early age and was very active from the moment he had his first artificial leg fitted.

 Kyrra began to race in both alpine and cross country ski races from the age of eight but concentrated mainly on alpine skiing.

 He trained with the Perisher Smiggins Ski Racing Club, competing in able-bodied ski races. Kyrra came third in Rudi Wurth Memorial Slalom in 1976 and won the first of many Cooma Ski Club Championships the following year.
 Cooma Ski Club played a big part in Kyrra’s life and he was a long term club captain in a period that Cooma Ski Club dominated the Balmain and Perisher Cup club competitions.

 Kyrra was involved in the formation of the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation (now Disabled Wintersport Australia) in 1979 and represented Australia in the 1980 Disabled Winter Olympics (now called Paralympics) in Geilo and Norway.

 Kyrra competed in both alpine and cross country and finished in the top ten in his three events. Kyrra went on to compete in three more winter Paralympics and two world championships with a best placing of 4th in giant slalom. Kyrra also continued to compete in able-bodied races in Australia and in Europe with a number of victories and top ten finishes at state level.

 Kyrra also competed successfully in athletics and swimming, winning over 20 national and 50 state amputee titles. Kyrra competed against able-bodied runners in the fun runs, half marathons and marathons usually finishing in the top ten percent of competitors.

 In 1992 Kyrra competed in the Barcelona Summer Paralympics competing against competitors with one arm, in the 5,000m and 10,000m.
 Kyrra at one time held world records for leg amputees in 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m half marathon and marathon. Kyrra also assisted with the administration, promotion and coaching of disabled sport and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1995 and the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.