Britain to take 18-strong squad to Lillehammer for Norway’s biggest Para Snowsport event since 1994 Paralympic Winter Games
GB Snowsport are delighted to name the 18 athletes and five Guides who will form the biggest ever squad taken by Britain to January’s World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. The Championships, which will run from 8-23 January 2022, are expected to draw together around 750 of the world’s most talented Para Snowsport athletes, and mark the first time that the Para Alpine, Para Biathlon, Para Cross-Country and Para Snowboard World Championships are held in a single host nation.
British hopes will be spearheaded by some of the biggest names in Para Snowsport, including Winter Paralympic medallists Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight and 2019 Para World Championship silver medallist Owen Pick. The squad announcement also confirms that, for the first time, Britain will have female representation across each of the discipline squads, marking an important step forward in the sport’s ongoing efforts to build strength and depth across more classifications and events than ever before.
The World Para Snow Sports Championships will see a number of athletes making their Para Snow Sports World Championships debut for Britain, including Hope Gordon, Ollie Hill, summer Paralympic medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth, Nina Sparks, Shona Brownlee and Dan Sheen.
Para Alpine Squad
- Shona Brownlee
- Menna Fitzpatrick (Guide: Katie Guest)
- Millie Knight (Guide: Brett Wild)
- Neil Simpson (Guide: Andrew Simpson)
- Dan Sheen
- Alex Slegg
- James Whitley
- Adam Hall (Supporting Guide)
- Gary Smith (Supporting Guide)
Para Nordic Squad
- Steve Arnold
- Callum Deboys
- Hope Gordon
- Scott Meenagh
- Steve Thomas
- James Barnes-Miller
- Jon-Allan Butterworth
- Ollie Hill
- Andy MacLeod
- Owen Pick
- Nina Sparks
Jayne Kavanagh, Head of Paralympic Programmes, said:
“After a superb start to the season from all our Para Snowsport athletes, we go into this year’s World Para Snow Sports Championships ready to show the world what this group of athletes can achieve. We’ve got an exciting blend of experienced athletes and Championship debutants which reflects the strength-in-depth that we have to call on across all our disciplines.
“The extra year of preparation from the delay to the Championships has given us the opportunity to really build towards this moment, and we all look forward to seeing British athletes out there competing with the best in the world.”
The World Para Snow Sports Championships get underway on 8 January 2022 in Lillehammer, Norway. For more information on the Championships, visit https://www.paralympic.org/lillehammer-2021/about
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