A full-time athlete who has been part of the national team since 2002, Hallat is the 2011 Canadian champion in giant slalom and slalom in the standing category. Hallat battled back from a 2012 knee injury, and in 2013 earned his first two World Cup podiums. Hallat, a four-time Canadian champion, had his leg amputated at age five due to Ewing’s sarcoma. Hallat loves mountain biking and golf and has a plus-five handicap.
2nd – Slalom – IPC World Cup – Coronet Peak, NZ (2013)
3rd – Super combined – IPC World Cup – Mt. Hutt, NZ (2013)
2nd – Super combined – Austrian National Championships – St. Leimbrech, AUT (2011)
IPC World Cup rankings:
Giant slalom: 17th
Super combined: 9th
Birth date: 13/04/1984
Birth place: Vancouver, B.C.
Residence: Squamish, B.C.
Hometown: Coquitlam, B.C.
Ski club: Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Made team: 2002
Sponsor: McElhanney, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Weight: 180 pounds
Nickname: Matty. No matter how old I get it just seems to stick.
First memory of skiing? On Grouse Mountain, B.C., traversing the entire cut very slowly … I quickly grew tired and started to point it downhill.
Best moment in ski racing? Any time I get to let it fly down the hill with a great group of friends.
Worst moment in ski racing? Struggling for results through the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.
What is your Paralympic dream? To win at the highest level, pushing myself to the edge of what I’m capable of while enjoying every moment.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? I haven’t yet been, so the country is still a mystery to me that remains to be seen.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? “One” by U2 .
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? My wife Petra, and parents Mike and Laurie.
Hidden talent: I’m a single-digit handicap on the golf course.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would spend it just hanging out, listening to music at a tranquil, quiet place, surrounded by the people who mean the most to me.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I’d be a rockstar. Seems like a pretty good gig, doesn’t it?
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: at home, on the golf course, or riding my mountain bike.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? British Columbia is an amazing place no matter where you go. Explore it and enjoy it for all its natural beauty. It always feels like home to me.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road. A little fuzzy toy mouse that seems to always make its rounds though the team’s bags. I always feel duped when I get home and its in my bag…stupid hamster.
What's your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season? A home-cooked meal, or a meal cooked by Marcel!
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? Hawaii, That way we could go to the beach afterwards and hang out.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? It is always nice to race at home. Austria is second best because of the incredible atmosphere that comes with it.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To fly very quickly. That way I could always sleep in my own bed and be home for dinner.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Squamish, B.C., but with more sunshine and less rain.
Who is someone you admire in sport? Wayne Gretzky was my idol as a kid. He played the game better than anyone in his era.
IPC World Cup finishes in the top 10
6th - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
8th - Giant slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
2nd – Slalom – Coronet Peak, NZ (Aug. 2013)
3rd– Super combined – Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
6th – Super-G – Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
9th – Super combined – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
9th – Super-G – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
10th – Super-G – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
5th – Slalom – La Molina, SPA (Jan. 2012)
9th – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (Jan. 2012)
8th – Giant slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (2011)
7th – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (2011)
8th – Slalom – Abtenau, AUT (2010)
10th – Slalom – Abtenau, AUT (2010)
7th – Slalom – Roll Rinn, AUT (2010)
7th – Downhill – Whistler, B.C. (2009)
10th – Downhill – Sestriere, ITA (2009)
7th – Slalom – La Molina, ESP (2009)
9th – Slalom – Aspen, USA (2007)
4th – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (2007)
10th – Slalom – ShigaKogen, JPN (2006)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
6th - Slalom
2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Whistler, B.C.
11th – Downhill
18th – Super-G
31st – Slalom
2006 Paralympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA
31st – Slalom
32nd – Giant slalom
37th – Super-G
Canadian Para-Alpine Championships
Canadian champion - Slalom - Whistler, B.C. (2014)
Canadian champion – Giant slalom – Kimberley, B.C. (2011)
Canadian champion – Slalom – Kimberley, B.C. (2011)
Canadian champion – Giant slalom – Courtenay, B.C. (2010)
IPC World Ski Championships
10th – Super combined – Sestriere, ITA (2011)
9th – Slalom – Sestriere, ITA( 2011)
24th– Super-G – High1, KOR (2009)
30th – Super-G – High1, KOR (2009)
21st – Giant slalom – High1, KOR (2009)
21st – Downhill – High1, KOR (2009)
15th – Slalom – Wildschönau, AUT (2004)
13th – Downhill – Wildschönau, AUT (2004)
9th – Giant slalom – Wildschönau, AUT (2004)