Corbin Hart #215
|Date of Birth
|26 July 1994
|Right above knee amputee
A surf lifesaving enthusiast in his youth – in late-2019 Corbin lost his right leg in a civil road accident. Choosing to adopt a positive attitude to his changing circumstances in July 2020 he acted on the advice of friend Caitlin Regal, the four-time World Championship canoe sprint medallist, to give kayaking a go.
In October 2020 – just three months after he first sat in a kayak – Corbin made his competitive debut at the Blue Lake 1 regatta in Rotorua. There he impressed to win the Division 2 K1 500m A Final and finish second in the K1 200m A Final.
Intending to focus his efforts on qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, Corbin instead switched his emphasis on trying to make the team for Tokyo 2020 on the recommendation of Leigh Barker, coach to fellow New Zealand Paralympic Team member, Paralympian #198 Scott Martlew.
He then headed to Szeged, Hungary in May 2021 in an effort to qualify a New Zealand boat for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the ICF Canoe-Kayak Sprint and Para Canoe World Cup. While on that trip, Corbin placed 7th in 43.78 to qualify a boat for New Zealand in this event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Corbin completed his meteoric rise to his first Paralympic Games by placing 5th in the Men’s KL3 Final B with a time of 44.182.
In 2022, Corbin was selected to the team for the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Para Canoe World Championships, where he placed 2nd in the semi-final, and 5th in the final of the KL3 200m sprint.
In the 2023 World Championships Corbin achieved an A final slot. He competed against an incredibly strong field coming up just short of the top six placing which would earn a Paralympic quota. Corbin has another opportunity to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympics at World Cup 1 in Szeged, Hungary in May 2024.
|Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
|5th – Men’s KL3 Final B
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