Michael Milton OAM (born 21st March 1973) is one of Australia’s most internationally successful athletes. With the loss of his leg at the age of nine to bone cancer, Milton was determined to conquer the slopes, and that he did.
With 11 Paralympic medals, six of these gold, Milton showed the world he was unstoppable, dominating the Winter Paralympic Games in 2002 winning four gold medals.
At 14, Michael skied in his first international competition, the 1988 Paralympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1992 Michael won Australia’s first ever winter gold medal, Olympic or Paralympic, at the Albertville Paralympic Games.
His success continued, winning a string of gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 World Championships and the 1994 and 2002 Paralympic Games. By 2003 Michael was looking for a new challenge. He took to the steepest slopes in France competing in a different event, speed skiing, the drag racing of alpine sport. Skiing at over 193km/hr he became the world’s fastest skier with a disability and smashed a world record that had been unchallenged for 16 years.
In 2006 at his fifth Paralympic Games in Turin Italy, Michael brought his skiing career to an end with a silver medal under a new, tougher classification system.
Milton was an NSWIS scholarship holder in the Winter Sports Program from 2002 until 2006. He won the NSWIS Athlete of the Year Award in 2003 and was a finalist for the NSWIS Team Athlete of the Year in 2004. Milton was also the recipient of the inaugural NSWIS Most Memorable Moment Award in 2007.
Winter Paralympic medals
6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze
Years on NSWIS scholarship
1999 - 2006