Winter Paralympics: 10 alpine skiers included in Great Britain team

Kelly Gallagher: GB gold medal contender for Sochi

Great Britain will send a 10-strong team of alpine skiers to the Winter Paralympics at Sochi in March.

The team includes two contenders for a gold medal in visually-impaired skiers Kelly Gallagher, who finished fourth in the Giant Slalom four years ago in Vancouver, and Jade Etherington.

The pair, who are guided by Charlotte Evans and Caroline Powell respectively, have already picked up a number of World Cup medals this year, including three golds and a silver at the recent World Cup in Panorama in Canada.

Racing in the same category is the youngest ever British winter Paralympian, Millie Knight, only just eligible after turning 15 earlier this month.

Retired serviceman Mick Brennan, who lost his legs in an explosion in Iraq in 2004, will compete in the sit-skiing, along with 19-year-old Ben Sneesby and former snowboarder Anna Turney.


James Whitley, 16, will make his Games debut in the standing category.

The 10 skiers selected, including three competition partners, complete the line-up for Sochi, with a five-strong wheelchair curling team already selected.

ParalympicsGB chef de mission Penny Briscoe said: "I am confident that I will be leading a team in Sochi with some of the best prepared athletes that have ever represented ParalympicsGB at a Winter Games, but we will not take anything for granted.

"We know that the margins will be small and that we cannot underestimate how others will perform on the day. What is not in doubt, however, is the skill, determination and commitment of our athletes, who have shown that they can thrive under pressure and compete up there against the world's best."

The Games begin on March 7 and UK Sport have set a target of at least two medals for the British team.

The wheelchair curling team is made up of Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Tom Killin, Bob McPherson and Angie Malone.