As International Women’s Day drew to a close, Hope Gordon made British Paralympic History, while Steve Thomas made his Beijing debut
Hope Gordon made history as she became Britain’s first ever female Para Nordic skier in the Women’s Sprint Free Sitting Cross-Country competition overnight. The Scot, whose first experience of Para Nordic skiing was as recently as 2021, can now officially call herself a Paralympian, with her efforts in the Qualifying Round enough to secure 17th place in the overall event standings.
In the men’s competition, there was also a Para Nordic Paralympic debut for Steve Thomas whose remarkable Paralympic career began at the Athens Summer Games in 2004 in sailing, before turning his hand to Sledge Hockey for the 2006 Games in Turin and now, having reversed a decision to retire after the 2016 Summer Games, Para Nordic skiing. He bowed out in the Qualifying Round in 25th position, with teammate Callum Deboys, appearing in his third event of the Beijing Games, taking 22nd.
Header Image: BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 05: Callum Deboys competes in the Men’s Cross-Country Sprint Free at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre on March 05, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ParalympicsGB)