ParalympicsGB has today (Friday January 29) announced the team that will compete in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada from March 12-21, 2010.
Phil Lane, Chief Executive of ParalympicsGB, said of the team: “I am delighted to announce that six skiers will represent ParalympicsGB at the Paralympic Winter Games.
“Following the success we had in Beijing, there has been more and more public interest in Britain’s Paralympians and we hope that the British public will support our Winter Paralympic team as much as they did our highly successful summer team.”
“It is fantastic that we are in a position to announce such a large alpine skiing team. It reflects not only the quality of our athletes but also the dedication of the staff at the British Disabled Ski Team and the support that ParalympicsGB have been able to provide, for example winter camps and access to technical services for the skiers.”
The team includes Russell Docker, a veteran of two Paralympic Winter Games, and Sean Rose, who also competed four years ago in Turin.
Four newcomers to the Paralympic team are also selected: Talan Skeels-Piggins, Anna Turney and Jane Sowerby will be joined by youngest ParalympicsGB team member Tim Farr.
Dave Chugg, Team Manager, said: “I am really pleased that so many of our skiers have been selected for the Paralympic Winter Games. We expect the competition to be extremely tough, but we also know how hard our athletes have trained and we are confident they will do well.”
2010 World Cup gold medallist Sean Rose said of his selection: “I am delighted to be selected to represent my country at the Paralympic Games. It is the highest honour an athlete can receive. My first Paralympics in Turin were a great experience and it is fantastic now to be going to Whistler with real medal potential.
“All the hard work in the summer has paid off. I had a great start to the season, am on good form, and I’m really looking forward to the main event”.
The announcement follows the team selection for curling in January and completes the line-up of the ParalympicsGB team that will compete in Vancouver. The curling team was named earlier as Michael McCreadie (skip), Tom Killin, Angela Malone, James Sellar and Aileen Neilson.
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