David Morris Soars to Silver

If Lydia Lassila's Olympic bronze was a win for the brave, then David Morris' silver medal was a success for the shrewd.

The VIS scholarship holder played the percentages brilliantly in the aerial skiing competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to claim Australia’s first men’s aerials Olympic medal. 

Going first in the four-man final he put down a neat quad-twisting triple somersault (110.41 points) but then Australian hearts sank as he was blown away by Anton Kushnir (134.5) with a quin-twister the very next jump. 

However the Belarusian’s high-end marker put immense pressure on the two Chinese jumpers, Jia Zongyang (95.06) and Qi Guangpu (90) who failed to nail their landings and handed Morris the silver. 

The beaming 29 year old, who was fist pumping and smiling all the way from qualifying through to his podium place, was reasoned from the get go. 

His qualifying jump was “the best one I’ve done all year” and he came through in second place, but the nerve-jangling really came in the first final where he downgraded his jump in the hope of saving his better tricks for the last two finals. 

“Strategically that was the right move and I was questioning at the time: do we really want to do this,” he admitted. 

He was the last man to qualify for the eight-man final. And he was the last man to qualify for the four-man final. Yet it mattered little as he lifted again to take second spot in the decider. 

It has been a remarkable journey for the effervescent Morris. For years he was a lone male wolf in the sport of aerial skiing, which was dominated by women in Australia. 

He finished 13th in Vancouver four years ago and then walked away from the sport for a year, but persevered and came back to compete in Sochi.

Latest News

Rollers and Gliders Gear Up for Dubai hero image

Rollers and Gliders Gear Up for Dubai


VIS scholarship holders Isabel Martin and Laura Davoli have been selected in the 12-strong Australian Gliders team to compete at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s (IWBF) World Championships next month in Dubai.

Emily Petricola living with an invisible disability hero image

Emily Petricola living with an invisible disability

May 30, 2023

World MS Day takes place on 30 May each year. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). At just 27 years old, VIS para-cyclist Emily Petricola was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), her story is one of belief, bravery and resilience.

Australian Sporting Network: Joint Reconciliation Statement hero image

Australian Sporting Network: Joint Reconciliation Statement

May 29, 2023

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time to reflect on Australia’s shared history through truth telling, learning our shared histories, cultures, and the achievements of First Nations Peoples; while taking the time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

You Bea-uty Utri! hero image

You Bea-uty Utri!

May 25, 2023

Aisling Utri won a flag with the Western Bulldogs AFLW team in 2018, and last week the VIS scholarship holder fulfilled her dream of representing her country as a Hockeyroo in a three-test series against India in Adelaide.

VIS skateboarding siblings competing at World Tour hero image

VIS skateboarding siblings competing at World Tour

May 19, 2023

Professional skateboarding siblings set to compete at 2023 World Skateboarding Tour in Argentina this week.

See all our partners

VIS is proudly supported by