Further Information

Sponsorship

How to sponsor Jade.

Further Information

For further details on the British Disabled Ski Team please contact:

British Disabled Ski Team
Phone number: +44 (0)1479 861272       
Glenmore Lodge Grounds
Aviemore
Inverness-shire PH22 1QU
E-mail address:
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Or visit:  http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/bdst

Follow the British Disabled Ski Team on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Disabled-Ski-Team/31233064147

For further information about the Paralympic Games, please visit:
http://www.paralympic.org/AlpineSkiing/About

Have you been inspired by Jade and think volunteering as a ski guide could be for you?  If so, why not contact: BDST or Rachel Easton (technical director)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Typical Race Day

Here is an example of a typical day in the life of Jade on a race day:

4.30am – 6.00am Wake up and Breakfast.

5.00am -6.35 am Travel to the ski lift.

8.00am The first lift

8.15am The first run inspection

9.15am Race begins

Break followed by a warm up run.
 
Then there is a second run inspection.

Afternoon racing.

Results and prize-giving.

Skis are left to dry whilst I unpack the rest of the equipment.  I then do some cycling to help my body recover from the days skiing.  I then need to tune the skis from today and prepare the ones I plan to use tomorrow.  After this, it’s off to the gym for core and balance exercises followed by weights.

I then need to fill in my training diary and post my results online.

Dinner

Scrape skis and check points.

Free time and rest!

British Disabled Ski Team

The British Disabled Ski Team or BDST is the racing arm of Disability Snowsport UK.  The team is made up of 17 athletes in an Elite Squad (World cup and European Cup) and a Development Squad.  Athletes compete against some of the top racers in the world and are between the ages of 13-44 years old.  There are athletes with visual impairments, paralysis and amputees. 

To find out more visit: BDST Website

The need to develop skiing as a sport for persons with an impairment dates from just after the Second World War when injured servicemen wanted to continue the sport they loved.  In 1948, Badgastein Austria saw the first Championship for skiers with an impairment with just 17 athletes taking part.  The first Paralympic Games were held in Sweden in 1976 but now the athletes are training for Sochi, Russia in 2014.

Jades mission: To be the first alpine ski racer to win a medal for Great Britain at a Paralympic Games. 


How I Ski

Alpine skiing is practised worldwide and there are six events on the Paralympic Programme: Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard which will make it’s debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Athletes compete in one of three categories according to their disability classification visually impaired, stand ups and sits. Each classification group has a time factor a results calculation system meaning athletes with different impairments can compete against each other. Jade races in B2 category against all females.

Skiers with blindness/visual impairment are guided through the course by sighted guides using commands to indicate the course to follow.  When skiing, Jade has a guide (Caroline Powell), a racer who skis in front of her, they communicate through headsets in their helmets through a set of commands pre-determined before each race. The athlete/guide relationship is very important a great deal of trust and understanding is needed in order to be successful.  Caroline has to ski at speed whilst checking that Jade remains a close distance behind to complete the run both quickly and skillfully.  Caroline is not just important on the slope but also knows when to help Jade off the slope which makes guiding an intense environment.  The guides are not paid for their time and Jade has to cover the costs for both herself and her guide.  However when the relationship between the guide and skier is successful, the rewards can be just as great as both athlete and guide receive medals.