Britain’s Para Snowboard and Para Alpine squads were back in the medals this weekend, while Mia Brookes made history

Despite confirmation that the Para Snowboard World Championships have been delayed until March, James Barnes-Miller and Nina Sparks kept up the team’s excellent season in Pyha, Finland. Barnes-Miller’s double gold in the weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cup races capped a sensational weekend’s racing from the team, which also saw Sparks take silver and bronze across the two Europa Cup races, with Ollie Hill finishing fourth and eighth in his World Cup competitions.

The Para Alpine squad also took to the snow, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest taking a hard-fought Slalom silver in Veysonnaz, just 0.73s behind the race winner, Austria’s Veronika Aigner, with the Para Alpine World Championships now confirmed to take place as scheduled from 21-29 January in Espot, Spain.

The Freestyle Snowboard Big Air World Cup season drew to a close at the weekend, with Mia Brookes making history as she became the first athlete to stomp a flat-spin cab 1260 in a women’s World Cup competition on her way to a breath taking fifth place in Kreischberg. The result confirms a staggering first season on the World Cup circuit for 15-year-old Brookes, who was the youngest athlete to make the Finals field by a distance, and marks her out as perhaps the most exciting young talent in women’s Freestyle Snowboard.

Maisie Hill’s own excellent form continued, meanwhile, as she finished in tenth spot, just outside of Finals qualification, and adding to her own record of three top-10 places in four World Cup competitions to date.

At Wengen Alpine Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding came in just outside of the top-20 with a 21st place finish, the result meaning Ryding has hit the top-30 in all five Slalom World Cup races this season in a show of his consistency, despite suffering illness coming into the weekend’s races. Laurie Taylor finished outside of qualification for the second run, while Billy Major notched a DNF in the first run.

Earlier in the week, meanwhile, Victoria Palla became the latest British Alpine skier to make her World Cup debut, in the Flachau Slalom World Cup lodging a DNF, but winning valuable experience at the highest levels of the sport. Roy-Alexander Steudle took two top-40 finishes in the Sella Nevea Downhill EC, within Owen Vinter also finishing both races in 66th and 55th position respectively.

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There were dual podiums for Britain’s Beijing Bronze Medallist and a career-best start to the Cross-Country season as the 2022-23 season gets into full flight

Ollie Hill’s memorable 2022 continued with the first Para Snowboard World Cup competition of the season returning gold and silver medals for the Beijing Paralympic Games bronze medallist. In back-to-back Banked Slalom World Cups in Landgraaf, Hill’s times of 35.81 and 16.16 were enough to secure first and second spot in strong fields featuring many of the athletes who lined up in Beijing for the Paralympic Winter Games.

Alongside Hill’s brace of podiums, James Barnes-Miller took fourth spot in the Men’s Banked Slalom Upper Limb 1 competition, while Jon-Allan Butterworth finished with 11th and 9th place finishes under his belt. In the Women’s Banked Slalom Lower Limb 1/2, Nina Sparks took two fourth place finishes, the second under 4s off the podium.

The Cross-Country season also got off to a fine start for Andrew Musgrave, with a fifth place finish in the Ruka World Cup 10km Classic marking his best ever start to a season in a result which saw him finish just 12s off an all-Norwegian podium of Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Paal Golberg, and Martin Loewstroem Nyenget, leaving him 4th in the Distance Cup and 7th in the overall World Cup standings. For Musgrave it marked a significant backing-up of his early season form in the non-FIS Beitosprint races earlier in November, which saw him finish third in the 10km Free and 19th in the 10km Classic.

James Clugnet and the newest member of the Cross-Country World Cup Squad, Joe Davies, also posted promising results in the Gala FIS races, with Clugnet taking sixth in the Sprint race after a crash in the final, while Davies took 30th in the 10km Free, less than a minute behind the winner, and 8th in U23s category.

In the Freeski Stubai World Cup, Tyler Harding delivered a sensational first round that saw him qualify for Finals in third spot and showcasing the raw talent that has seen him take previous World Cup top-10s in Font Romeu in 2017 and 2020. His final position of 13th after missing a grab on his second jump marks a superb return in only his second World Cup since January 2021, and his best finish since the Seiseralm World Cup in January 2020.

Meanwhile, an Alpine World Cup season that continues to be heavily impacted by challenging global weather conditions saw an almost record-shattering performance from Charlie Guest in the Levi Slalom World Cup, qualifying for the second run in ninth spot before a DNF scuppered chances of a career best finish, but highlighted the enormous strides Guest continues to make after a series of strong showings last season.

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Fourteen athletes and guides confirmed for selection ahead of 2022/23 season

GB Snowsport are delighted to announce the Para Alpine and Para Snowboard squads who will represent the nation through the 2022/23 season.

In total, fourteen athletes and guides have been selected ahead of the start of the season.

In Para Alpine, Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian, Menna Fitzpatrick is selected alongside Beijing 2022 Gold Medallist, Neil Simpson and new squad member, Michael Kear, in the VI classification, while Beijing Paralympians Shona Brownlee and Alex Slegg will compete in the sitting classification following a glut of highly encouraging performances last season.

Current VI Guides Andrew Simpson, Katie Guest, Gary Smith and Adam Hall will continue in their roles supporting the VI Athletes and will be joined, on an initial trial basis, by Louise Harrison who has been guiding Michael Kear for the previous five seasons.

The Para Alpine team will be looking to build on an astonishing 2021/22 season which saw them take five Paralympic medals, including a memorable Gold in the Super-G for Neil and Andrew Simpson and seven World Championships medals, crowned by Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest’s Gold in the Slalom.

Millie Knight, whose performances alongside Guide Brett Wild in Lillehammer and Beijing yielded three medals, has elected to take a year out from skiing after completing three highly successful Paralympic Games cycles, while Wild confirmed his retirement from the sport following the conclusion of the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games.

In Para Snowboard, Britain’s first ever Paralympic Snowboard medallist, Ollie Hill, is named alongside multiple World Championship medal winner James Barnes-Miller. Joining them will be two new athletes who have moved up from the Development squad, Cycling Paralympic gold medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth will compete alongside Barnes-Miller in the SB-UL classification and Nina Sparks becomes Britain’s first female competitor since 2017 and will compete in the SB-LL2 classification.

Bronze medallist Ollie Hill celebrates after competing in the Men’s Banked Slalom Snowboard SB-LL2 during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images. ParalympicsGB)

2017 and 2019 World Championships silver medallist Owen Pick has joined Millie Knight in choosing to take a year out from the programme, while Andy MacLeod exits the programme having competed at the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games earlier this year.

Jayne Kavanagh, GB Snowsport Head of Paralympic Programmes, said:

The strength of the Para Alpine and Para Snowboard squads this year is testament to the incredible successes that British Para Snowsport has enjoyed over recent years. Even as the standard of competition across the world increases every year, British athletes continue to stand at the forefront of Para Snowsport and are deservedly recognised for the world class athletes that they are.

“This is an incredibly exciting year for Para Snowsport as the disciplines fall under the oversight of FIS for the first time, and I’m certain that British athletes will continue to excel as the sport enters a new phase of its development.

“For those athletes exiting the programme this year temporarily or permanently, it’s important to place on record our thanks and congratulations for the success they’ve had and the impact they’ve made on British skiing and snowboarding. We wish them well, and will always consider them a vital part of the GB Snowsport family.”

Ollie Hill, Beijing Paralympic Games and Lillehammer World Championships bronze medallist, said:

Last year was unbelievable, and to come home at the end of the season with medals from the World Championships and the Paralympics was an absolute dream.

“We have without a doubt some of the best coaches and support staff, without them we would be nowhere. We have been working hard on and off snow through summer, ready to show the world what’s up again this year. We will bring it to the very best!”

There is no Para Nordic squad named at present while GB Snowsport appeals against UK Sport’s decision not to fund the Para Nordic programme through the Milan-Cortina Paralympic cycle. While we await the outcome of that appeal, GB Snowsport are continuing to explore every avenue to support Britain’s Para Nordic athletes to train and compete throughout this season.

Para Alpine

  • Shona Brownlee
  • Menna Fitzpatrick
  • Katie Guest (Guide)
  • Adam Hall (Guide)
  • Louise Harrison (Guide)
  • Michael Kear
  • Andrew Simpson (Guide)
  • Neil Simpson
  • Alex Slegg
  • Gary Smith (Guide)

Para Snowboard

  • James Barnes-Miller
  • Jon-Allan Butterworth
  • Ollie Hill
  • Nina Sparks

Header Image: Menna Fitzpatrick reacts in the Para Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G Vision Impaired during day two of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Paralympics GB)

2022 Paralympic Winter Games pair form part of first cohort for UK Sport backed social impact programme

Para Snowboarder and Beijing Paralympic Winter Games bronze medallist Ollie Hill, and Para Alpine Skier and World Para Snow Sports Championships medalist Shona Brownlee are among the first cohort of athletes selected for Powered by Purpose, a new social impact initiative launched by UK Sport and The True Athlete Project.

Powered by Purpose is a new initiative designed to support UK Sport funded athletes who have an interest in making a difference in their communities and to society. The programme will see participants take part in a series of tailored workshops which will lead them to explore the world of sport and the role of athletes on social change.

Discussing the project, Ollie Hill said: “I’m honoured to join the Powered by Purpose programme and can’t wait to get started. I’ve always said that a big motivation for me has been about using snowboarding to create inspiration for others, and I’m really grateful to UK Sport and True Athlete Project for giving me the chance to learn how to make more of a difference through my sport.”

Shona Brownlee said: “With everything that’s happened in people’s lives over the last few years, I’m more conscious than ever before the responsibility we have as athletes to give back and support others in everything we do. I really want to use my career in sport to help inspire people right around the country in whatever way I can, and I feel that Powered by Purpose will be an amazing way to learn about the opportunities I have as an athlete to do just that.”

IN RESPONSE TO THE DECISIONS OF THE IPC, FIS, AND IBU TO TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE OF THE PARA SNOWSPORT DISCIPLINES, GB SNOWSPORT HAVE COMMENDED THE STRATEGIC THINKING OF THE THREE AGENCIES

GB Snowsport welcomes the decision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) to transfer governance of Para Alpine Skiing, Para Cross-Country Skiing and Para Snowboard to FIS, and the IPC and International Biathlon Union’s (IBU) confirmation that Para Biathlon’s governance will be transferred to the IBU.

Over recent years, we have seen first-hand the benefits of integrating Olympic and Paralympic snowsport disciplines under the auspices of a single Governing Body system. Not only has that ‘One Team’ ethos strengthened the support available to Para Snowsport teams and athletes, but it has also provided reciprocal benefits to Olympic discipline squads through innovative training, conditioning and competition practices.

We strongly support the decisions made by the IPC, FIS, and IBU and look forward to seeing the growth of all Para snowsport disciplines as the Milan-Cortina Paralympic cycle begins into the new season.

Jayne Kavanagh, GB Snowsport Head of Paralympic Programmes, said:

“This is a really exciting development for the global Para Snowsport community, and I join colleagues around the world in commending the decision of the IPC, FIS, and IBU.

“The past few years have seen so many great examples within GB Snowsport of the benefits of Paralympic and Olympic discipline squads training, developing, and supporting one another as a collaborative group, and this step will hopefully see more opportunities for the sport to join forces, and to grow and thrive together.

“We also take this opportunity to pay tribute to the IPC, whose efforts have been so important in growing the Para Snowsport disciplines to their existing world-renowned status.”

Header Image: Neil Simpson competes during the Men’s Giant Slalom Vision Impaired Run 2 on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre. Photo Credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

As thoughts turn towards pre-season, we look back at an historic 2021/22 season for GB Snowsport athletes

Making History

As a season of record-breaking highs and heart-breaking disappointments draws to a close, the British snowsport scene can look back on a year where the history books were rewritten, even as we felt the joy and the despair of an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other.

In Beijing, British athletes battled covid restrictions, challenging snow conditions, crashes, injuries, and disruption, and returned home with pride, disappointment, new successes, agonising defeats and, from the Paralympic squad, six medals from the Alpine and Snowboard events. But those are results that only tell a fraction of the story.

Bronze medallist Ollie Hill of Team Great Britain celebrates after competing in the Men’s Banked Slalom Snowboard SB-LL2 during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

26 World Cup and World Championship podiums

On the World Cup and World Championships stages, British athletes took 26 podiums with Charlotte Bankes’ Crystal Globe winning Snowboard Cross season and Dave Ryding’s history-making Slalom victory in Kitzbuehel leading the way. Europa Cup contests added another 25, including four for the remarkable Mia Brookes, each a victory, and all before she has turned 16 years of age. FIS level races saw British athletes notch another 12 podiums, including seven victories, in Alpine, Freeski, Snowboard and Ski Cross. World Championships and World Junior Championships, meanwhile, accounted for an additional nine. On podium places alone, British skiers and snowboarders at every level, are showing themselves among the world’s best athletes.

And off the slopes, yet more progress has been made. New partners in Redrow, Fusalp, and Williams Advanced Engineering have helped to grow the sport at home and overseas. More work is underway to champion equality and diversity at every level. Efforts to bring our sport closer to people at home have taken root.

Charlotte Bankes tops the podium at Reiteralm Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Highs and lows in Beijing

We cannot, though, forget the frustration felt in Beijing. For the Olympic squad to return without a medal was a disappointment given the good form of so many athletes going into the Games, but even among the sense of missed opportunities there were green shoots to be found. Kirsty Muir’s Olympic debut hinted at the promise her talent holds, Makayla Gerken-Schofield’s best-ever Moguls result for a British Olympic skier, and Zoe Atkin’s top-10 in the Halfpipe all showed a core of young talent with their best years ahead of them.

Even as the emotions of defeat were present, so the grit and determination among the team came to the fore, whether in Leonie Gerken-Schofield’s ability to get back up again and put down a run after a fall in the Moguls, Charlotte Bankes’ breath-taking display of overtaking in the Snowboard Cross Team event after her shock elimination in the Women’s competition, or Gus Kenworthy’s determination to finish his Olympic career with a clean run after a bone-shuddering fall in the Halfpipe Finals.

Where Olympic results didn’t deliver a medal, the Paralympic squad was a regular fixture on the podium throughout the Games. Its six medals – one gold, one silver, and four bronze – came through a mix of old hands (Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick both adding to their remarkable Paralympic records) and new blood (medals on debut for Neil Simpson and, for Ollie Hill a first ever British Paralympic snowboarding medal), and built on a World Championships that saw Britain return home with seven medals from Lillehammer.

Neil Simpson during the Men’s Giant Slalom Vision Impaired Run 1 on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

A new cycle begins

As one four-year cycle draws to a close another begins, and eyes are already beginning to turn to Milan-Cortina, the venue for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As plans for that cycle begin to take shape both the current and the next generation of British stars are making an ever-stronger mark.

As a country and as a Governing Body, we are still at the beginning of our journey to become one of the world’s leading snowsport nations. Results aside, the performance standard for British snowsport athletes has increased dramatically in the four years since the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic squads the strongest a British team has ever sent to a Winter Games. These are the levels that athletes will now have to meet and exceed as Milan-Cortina approaches, and the potential that a new generation of skiers and snowboarders is showing gives us reason for optimism.

In Snowboard Cross, the first Crystal Globe of Charlotte Bankes’ career shows the depth and consistency of her talent, with Huw Nightingale also enjoying a breakthrough season, while Ski Cross prospects are encouraging with Ollie Davies and Max Vaughton both making an impact this year.

In Alpine, Charlie Guest continues to go from strength-to-strength, with repeated forays into World Cup top-20 spots, while Reece Bell’s long-awaited World Cup debut has arrived, and Charlie Raposo has delivered the best British men’s performances in Giant Slalom for decades.

The Para Nordic squad has grown in stature with a series of career-best performances over the season hinting at the potential to come, while in the Para Snowboard ranks new talent continues to break through with Ollie Hill, Nina Sparks, and Jon-Allan Butterworth all bolstering British hopes at the highest levels.

Mateo Jeannesson’s development in Moguls has catapulted him to the top of the podium.

Mia Brookes looks ready to conquer the world after a season which saw her take eight wins and one runner up spot from nine FIS, Europa Cup and Junior World Championship event entries.

The country’s Freeski prospects look encouraging, with Kirsty Muir, Zoe and Izzy Atkin, Connie Brogden, and Tyler Harding all showing promise this year.

Kirsty Muir, at Big Air qualification at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.

Britain’s Kitzbuehel King

The future, then, looks in good hands. But in the present, the 2021/22 season leaves behind a moment that will never be forgotten in British snowsport history. As the man himself said, “I remember in the past comments like ‘Ah, I’ve been beaten by a Brit’, or calling us an ‘exotic’ nation. Those comments have gone pretty quiet now. I’ve always said to the younger generation that it’s possible; I don’t have to say that anymore. I can just put the video on and say: ‘watch that’.”

Dave Ryding. Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup winner 2022.

A victory to showcase a great sportsman’s talent, and to mark Britain’s place on the global snowsport map.

Dave Ryding celebrates victory at Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

Header image: Charlie Guest at Schladming World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ David Geieregger

On a superb day for British athletes in Beijing, Ollie Hill took Snowboard Banked Slalom bronze in a nailbiter, while there were best ever Paralympic Games results for Owen PIck and Scott Meenagh

Ollie Hill rounded out his Paralympic Winter Games debut with a stunning Bronze in the Men’s LL2 Snowboard Banked Slalom. Sitting in third after the first run, Hill’s time was enough to secure him a superb podium spot less than two years after starting out in the sport, and with it take ParalympicsGB’s first ever Snowboarding medal. Sitting just behind him in fourth spot was Owen Pick, who came within tenths of a second of grabbing a podium spot of his own, his time of 1:10.64 coming fractions behind teammate Hill’s 1:10.45, and securing his best ever Paralympic Games finish. Andy MacLeod, meanwhile, rounded off his own Paralympic debut with a solid performance and a top-20 finish.

There was disappointment, meanwhile, for James Barnes-Miller, whose Games finished with a ninth-placed finish in the UL class. He nevertheless finishes the Games with two top-10 finishes under his belt after the fifth spot he took in the Snowboard Cross.

Speaking afterwards, Ollie Hill said:

I’m absolutely stoked. I said earlier in the week I felt I had a bit more confidence in Banked Slalom, and we proved it today. To think I’ve come away with a medal, I cannot put it into words. I wanted to push for the gold, but the second run was a bit slower, the snow was caving in a bit.

I’ve been off social media which has been qite nice but as soon as I get home I’m sure it will go a bit wild. My sisters have helped me so much through this; mum and dad will be so proud too.”

Scott Meenagh‘s impressive showing at the Games continued with a career-best sixth place finish in the Biathlon Individual Sitting. In a race again dominated by the host nation, who took Gold and Bronze, Meenagh’s outstanding performances in Beijing were rewarded with a stunning result, his third time setting a career-best result over the course of the Games, his time of 41:32.5 leaving him more than a minute clear of Dan Cnossen of the USA in seventh. Callum Deboys, meanwhile, posted a gutsy 18th place finish with a final time of 49:53.8.

In the Women’s Giant Slalom, Menna Fitzpatrick took seventh spot in the VI category with Guide Gary Smith, while Millie Knight had to settle for ninth alongside Brett Wild in a race won by Austria’s Veronika Aigner, taking her first Paralympic title.

The Women’s Seated Giant Slalom saw Shona Brownlee finish up in ninth spot, her top-ten finish coming with a combined time across her two runs of 2:32.08.

YANQING, CHINA – MARCH 11: Shona Brownlee competes in the Women’s Giant Slalom Sitting during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre on March 11, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Header Image: BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 11: Bronze medallist Ollie Hill celebrates after competing in the Men’s Banked Slalom Snowboard SB-LL2 during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park on March 11, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

A busy day at the Games will see the Women’s Alpine, Nordic, and Snowboard teams all in action

Alpine – Women’s Giant Slalom

Menna Fitzpatrick and Gary Smith and Millie Knight and Brett Wild will both be looking to add to their Beijing medal tally when the Women’s VI Giant Slalom gets underway from 12.30am.

In the Women’s Sitting Class, Shona Brownlee‘s Games are set to continue with the Seated first leg scheduled between 1.00am and 3.00am, following the conclusion of the Standing Class.

Second runs begin with the Women’s VI from 3.45am.

Watch on: Channel 4 and YouTube

Nordic – Men’s 12.5km Biathlon

Scott Meenagh and Callum Deboys‘ Games continue with the long-distance Biathlon, where Meenagh will be looking to add to his two top-10 finishes secured in Beijing these Games.

The Men’s Seated race gets started at 2:30am.

Watch on: Channel 4 and YouTube

Snowboard – Banked slalom

James Barnes-Miller, Owen Pick, Ollie Hill, and Andy MacLeod are all back in action as the Snowboard Banked Slalom races bring the Beijing 2022 Para Snowboard programme to a close.

The Men’s UL classification follows the Women’s UL, which starts at 3:00am, with the Men’s LL2 class following later in the morning.

Watch on: Channel 4 and YouTube

Header Image: YANQING, CHINA – MARCH 06: Shona Brownlee competes in the Para Alpine Skiing Women’s Super-G Sitting during day two of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre on March 06, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

On International Women’s Day, GB Snowsport Paralympic Team Leader, Jayne Kavanagh, explores the powerful legacy that British female Paralympic athletes have had on snowsport

Among the many incredible things about our Para Snowsport programme, one that feels worth drawing attention to today is the significant mark made on the sport by female athletes.

Take the recently retired Kelly Gallagher, for example. Just eight years ago, Britain had never won a Winter Paralympic gold medal. And only a few years before that, Britain had never won a medal of any description at a Para Skiing World Championships. Kelly was the trailblazer who shattered both glass ceilings.

Kelly left an indelible mark on our sport, and alongside her Paralympic gold retired with four World Championship silver medals and five bronzes. She also left behind a legacy which has been picked up by some of our most successful athletes today.

Millie Knight was just 15 years old when she competed at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, becoming Britain’s youngest every Winter Paralympian. Three years later she was taking World Championships gold in Downhill, and then returned from the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games with three medals, two silvers and a bronze. She’s since added medals in Lillehammer and Beijing, with the prospect of more to follow.

Her teammate, Menna Fitzpatrick, is also carrying that legacy forwards. Her astonishing PyeongChang Games successes – a gold, two silvers, and a bronze – sit alongside her eight World Championships medals (three golds, three silvers, two bronzes) as testament to the impact she has already had on Para Alpine skiing at the age of just 23. Her record shows no signs of slowing: she’s already taken two more medals in Beijing. Those first medals in PyeongChang were themselves won with another female Paralympic trailblazer in her guide up until the beginning of this season, Jen Kehoe, who herself made a huge impact on the sport before returning to her career in the armed forces.

And in our squad at these Games, there are yet more inspirational female figures to be found. Take Shona Brownlee, for example. Our first Alpine sit skiing Paralympian since Anna Turney last turned out at the Games in 2014 and an athlete who has made astonishing progress since beginning to race competitively just three years ago.

Or Hope Gordon, an outstanding Para Canoeist who competes as part of the British Canoe high performance programme, set to become ParalympicsGB’s first ever female Nordic athlete.

Back home, we have yet more athletes showing the astonishing strength-in-depth of women leading the way in British Para Snowsport, including Nina Sparks who is making waves in her first season in the Para Snowboard squad.

At the height of competition, no athlete is really thinking about their legacy, or their impact. Their thoughts and focus are on delivering the best performances they can, and giving an account of themselves that they can be proud of.

It’s for the rest of us, then, to make sure we have our eyes open to the bigger picture: that athletes like Kelly, Millie, Menna, Jen, Shona, Hope, Nina, Katie, and so many others are at the top of the game and reminding us, this International Women’s Day, that in our sport women really do lead the way.

Header Image: SOCHI, RUSSIA – MARCH 10: Gold medallists Kelly Gallagher of Great Britain (R) and guide Charlotte Evans celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Super-G – Visually Impaired during day three of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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