Beijing 2022 Paralympians Steve Thomas and Callum Deboys have announced their retirement from Para Nordic skiing, ahead of the beginning of the 2022-23 season.
Both overcame significant hurdles and challenges in the build-up to the Beijing Games to take their place in the biggest ever British Para Nordic squad to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games, with Steve going on to compete in three events and Callum five, with the pair’s highest finishes being a 12th spot in the Open 4 x 2.5km relay event.
Callum’s route into the sport came having undergone an above knee amputation of his left leg in 2017 following a serious road traffic accident. He was introduced to Para Nordic by Scott Meenagh, who had been Britain’s only Para Nordic skier at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Steve meanwhile joined the Para Nordic programme after a storied Paralympic career which took in four Paralympic Summer Games in Sailing, before reversing an earlier retirement decision to compete in Para Nordic at two World Championships in 2019 and 2022 and subsequently the Beijing Games.
Both Steve and Callum have made an enormous contribution to Britain’s Para Nordic programme, and will be greatly missed by teammates across the whole GB Snowsport team. We would like to congratulate them on all their achievements in the sport and wish them well in their next endeavours.
Header image: ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA – MARCH 12: (L-R) Steve Thomas, Steve Arnold, Scott Meenagh, Hope Gordon and Callum Deboys of Team Great Britain pose for a photo on day eight of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre on March 12, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)