When I was just a year old I had an infection in my right eye and lost the majority of sight in that eye. Five years later the same thing happened in my left eye. So my sight is now pretty rubbish.
I started skiing at this time and really got the bug and ended up being a little obsessive about it. I contacted the charity, Disability Snowsports UK and spoke to Sean Rose at the ski show in London 2010 and it snowballed from there on.
I was invited on to the British Disabled
I now ski with a professional guide in front of me and we wear a Sena
“When I was much younger I thought I had perfect vision because I didn’t know anything different. So I used to just follow people without even realising they were guiding me”
This was an amazing experience for me and one I will never forget but that was just a rehearsal for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.
I have so much support from my Mum and friends, not to mention from my Team and all my coaches who have been so brilliant There are lots of other people who have been instrumental in my development as an athlete and a person. My school, Kings School Canterbury, have been amazing, they have supported me in many aspects of my education and sporting life. It was quite difficult for me to juggle my GCSE’s and A’levels with skiing but they made it possible. I am now studying at Stirling University to study Psychology. I am really enjoying being a student again, after a year off for the Paralympics. It’s definitely good to be training at
There is a lot of travel and it has often been difficult to study and to be an athlete but it is doable and healthy to have another focus. I am not frightened of hard work, which helps. I do get very tired but it really is a great experience, even getting up early when on a training camp; Skiing hard all day, doing some sort of recovery, waxing skis, physio sessions, video analysis, Studying, good nutrition and then to bed to do the same the next day – I’m never bored.
“Over the last couple of
“It’s not long now but there will be a lot of hard work in the build up to the 2018 Winter Paralympics but the preparations are going well, Brett and I promise to work hard and enjoy every minute of it and make you proud of us.”