Ahead of the World PAra Snow Sports Championships, we take a look at what to expect from the British squad in Norway
The World Para Snow Sports Championships, which get underway this week in Lillehammer, Norway, marks the biggest Para Snow Sports competition in the country since the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games.
GB Snowsport has named its largest ever squad for a World Para Snow Sports Championships, with 18 athletes and 5 guides travelling out for the competition.
Who’s in the squad?
The GB team was named on 23 December, and contains a mix of experienced World Championships athletes and some of the most exciting new names in world Para Snowsport.
- 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)
- Steve Arnold
- Callum Deboys
- Hope Gordon
- Scott Meenagh
- Steve Thomas
- James Barnes-Miller
- Jon-Allan Butterworth
- Ollie Hill
- Andy MacLeod
- Owen Pick
- Nina Sparks
We’re delighted to announce the team for the World Para Snow Sports Championships, taking an 18-strong squad to Lillehammer for Norway’s biggest Para Snowsport event since the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games.
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— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) December 23, 2021
When does it get underway?
Competition starts on 13 January, with Para Alpine Downhill and Cross Country Middle Distance. The Para Snowboard programme gets underway on 14 January with the Dual Banked Slalom races.
How have the preparations gone?
GB’s Para Snowsport squad have already put down some impressive results this season, with Alex Slegg, Shona Brownlee, Menna Fitzpatrick, Millie Knight, Neil Simpson, and James Barnes-Miller all notching podium finishes in World Cup competitions ahead of the Championships.
The Para Nordic squad have also been on good form, and are benefiting from their first season in the new Williams Advanced Engineering designed sit-ski rigs which were unveiled late last year.
The medals keep flying in for Neil and Andrew Simpson!
Today the boys secured silver 🥈 in the St Moritz GS – great job to the whole Para Alpine team!!!
Show them some love👇 pic.twitter.com/zCtXNuTe2K
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) December 18, 2021
How can I watch the Events?
All Para Alpine, Para Nordic and Para Snowboard events will be streamed live on the World Para Snow Sports Facebook page: www.facebook.com/parasnowsports and live links will be available via the International Paralympic Committee’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/paralympics
Where can I find out more?
The official Championships website has all the latest information, including details on all of the events, at www.paralympic.org/lillehammer-2021
We’ll be bringing you news of British performances and results as soon as we get them across GB Snowsport’s social media channels.
Header Image: James Barnes-Miller at the Paracross World Cup, Pyha, 2021