Austin Hinchey

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Volleyball Setter

Austin Hinchey is the current captain of the Canadian Paralympic Volleyball team. He is also in his third year and team captain of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Mens Varsity Volleyball team who competes in both the Alberta College Athletic Conference and the Canadian College Athletic Conference.

Austin is a unique athlete who has had to overcome some incredible hurdles to compete at the level he is at today. Austin was diagnosed with Congenital Pseudarthosis at 18 months old. This brittle bone disease affected his left tibia and fibula below the knee. Very interested in sports from a young age Austin spent his time playing recreational hockey and soccer as well as downhill skiing when he was not in casts or recovering from surgery. At ten years old after countless broken bones and 6 operations Austin made the decision (Feb, 4, 2002) to have his leg amputated below the knee. This decision was made with the hope that Austin may be able to continue to participate in some recreational sports. After getting into his first prosthetic limb Austin suffered another set back by breaking his left femur playing soccer. He managed a full recovery and from there his passion and ability for athletics took off.

Austin began playing basketball and volleyball shortly after his amputation and at age 15 Austin was named co-captain to the Alberta Provincial U16 Volleyball team. Austin also played with both high school and club teams. With the Northern Alberta Volleyball Club program he earned three provincial titles and one provincial All-Star award over four seasons and was also named to the All-City Volleyball team in his grade 12 year.

Austin has competed with the Canadian Paralympic Volleyball program since 2007. He was captain of the team in Guadalajara, Mexico in November 2011 for the Pam Am Championships. This event will be used as a qualifying opportunity for the London 2012 Paralympics. Austin credits RE7 in helping him with his recovery both during and after his volleyball games with replenishment of key nutrients that he needs to keep on the top of his game.

Austins drive to excel at competitive level sports has made him an inspiration and role model for all of those that have had the opportunity to see him compete.

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