On top of claiming a Silver medal at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, Corey (31) is a finalist in the Sport Performer of the Year category in the 2014 Attitude Awards. The national awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of Kiwis with a disability.
Before his accident, Corey was a keen sportsman participating in rugby, cricket, surfing and motorcross riding. But in 2009 his life was turned upside down when he crushed his spinal cord in a motorcross accident.
A testament to his determination, sport has remained a big part of Corey’s life despite being paralysed from the waist down. As well as winning the Silver medal at his first winter Paralympics this year, Corey also took home a Silver at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Copper Mountain, USA.
Last year he dominated during the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup bringing home a Gold medal, three Silvers and a Bronze and went on to achieve tenth place at his first IPC World Championships.
To add to his achievements, this year he was named the Overall Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ. He now has his sights set on the 2015 World Championships in Canada and the Winter Paralympic Games in 2018.
Corey will find out if he can add an Attitude Award to his collection at a black tie gala evening on World Disability Day on December 3 in Auckland.
“It’s exciting to be recognised and nominated for my achievements for this season,” he says. “It’s a good indication that I’m on track in terms of my skiing career.”
There are eight categories in the 2014 Attitude Awards: Sport Performer of the Year, Courage in Sport, Artistic Achievement, Youth, Spirit of Attitude, the Attitude ACC Employer Award, Making a Difference Award and the inaugural Attitude Junior Award. The overall winner of the Attitude ACC Supreme Award is selected from the category winners and a People’s Choice winner and a Hall of Fame inductee are also announced on the night.
The Sports Performer of the Year category is sponsored by Invacare. Other sponsors supporting the awards include: Drake Medox, Barfoot & Thompson, IHC Foundation, Westpac, Ministry of Health, Air New Zealand and Wayne Francis Charitable Trust.
Attitude Awards Trustee Dan Buckingham, a member of the elite national wheelchair rugby team the Wheel Blacks, says: “This is such an exciting time for everyone at Attitude Pictures because we find out who the finalists are. We have started travelling the country to film the finalists and even though this is the seventh year their stories continue to amaze us.”
Dan encourages everyone to visit AttitudeLive.com, an innovative web platform created by Attitude Pictures, in early November to see the short films of the finalists and to vote for the person most deserving of the coveted ‘People’s Choice Award.’
Chief Executive of ACC Scott Pickering says ACC is proud to be principal sponsor of the awards for the seventh year, including sponsorship of the Attitude ACC Employer Award and the Attitude ACC Supreme Award.
"I'm really looking forward to this year's Attitude Awards, which are a significant event on New Zealand's calendar. Through celebrating excellence in the disability community and the important contributions made by New Zealanders with disabilities, the awards have the power to shift perceptions and to enhance lives."
For tickets to the Attitude Awards gala evening on Dec 3 contact Sue Wales-Earl at email@example.com or phone 09 377 6284.