Derek Vanderbom has been skiing in competition since 2005, prior to that skiing socially with mates. Derek is in a wheelchair as a result of a motorcycle accident in 2000. Skiing has offered another exciting individual sport that can be pursued to the highest level. At the 2005 Disabled worlds Derek scored 3rd place in the MP3 jump and helped the team to third overall. Derek skied in all three disciplines at the 2007 Worlds in Townsville and came 4th overall in his Division. Derek has recently moved to the USA with his new wife who is also a skier. Derek will still be representing Australia at the World Championships.