Winter Sports

Forces athletes compete at Para Snow Sports World Championships

It's the first time the world championships of all Para sports have taken place at the same time in the same host city.

A number of Forces athletes are competing at the Para Snow Sports World Championships in Norway.

In Para Alpine, recent MBE recipient Shona Brownlee of the RAF will be racing as part of the British sit ski contingent which also includes British Army veterans Alex Slegg and Dan Sheen. 

In the visually impaired alpine races, the Royal Navy's Brett Wild will be guiding Millie Knight while RAF competitor Gary Smith is part of the GB set-up as a reserve guide. 

In Para Nordic, former soldier Steve Arnold and former Royal Marine Scott Meenagh will be battling it out on the snow across some impressive distances. 

Meanwhile, in Para snowboard, Army veteran Owen Pick and new recruit Jon Allan Butterworth will be looking for podium places in the banked slalom and snowboard cross events. 

Initially scheduled to take place in February last year, the Championships were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the biggest Para sport event to take place in Norway since the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games.