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Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthLondon, ENG
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Gary Smith
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Husband Gerard Tohill
Northern Ireland
Higher education
Mathematics - University of Bath: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She skied for the first time at age 17 in Andorra, and was accepted on to Great Britain's development squad in 2008.
Why this sport?
She received a 'Ski Barbie' when she was younger and later persuaded her father to take a detour during a family holiday to try the sport for the first time. "We rocked up for a lesson and I instantly adored it." After a few years of ski holidays her university friends told her she should try racing. As she is not able to drive or cycle, she feels it's the fastest sport she can do.
Name of coach
Amanda Pirie [national], GBR
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
New Zealand
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Italian alpine skier Sofia Goggia, US tennis player Serena Williams, US alpine skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
She missed the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, after suffering a dislocated elbow and three fractured ribs in a crash during training a few days before the event. (, 25 Jan 2017)

In June 2013 she underwent hip surgery, and returned to competition in December 2013. (, 13 Jan 2014)

In 2011 she shattered her jaw after crashing into a rope at high speed. She enlisted the help of a sports psychologist to help her to return to competition. (, 07 Mar 2014)

In October 2010 she suffered a broken foot. (, 16 Nov 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Placing first in slalom at the 2015/16 World Cup Finals in Aspen, CO, United States of America, winning gold in super G at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and achieving her first World Cup victory at the 2013 event in La Molina, Spain. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Think less and live more." (, 26 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
In July 2015 she received an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland for distinction in sport. (, 08 Jul 2015)

She was named 2015 Sportswoman of the Year and received the Sports Star with a Disability Award from Northern Irish newspaper Belfast Telegraph. (, 24 Mar 2015;, 03 Feb 2015)

In 2014 she was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] for services to sport for people with a visual impairment. (, 14 Jun 2014)

She received the 2013 Mary Peters Trust Outstanding Sportsperson Award in Northern Ireland. (, 09 Jan 2014)
She has oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects the pigment of her skin, hair and eyes. She has been registered blind since she was a child. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018;, 16 Nov 2011)
Other information
In 2014 she became the first athlete in any sport representing Great Britain to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games when she was victorious in the vision impaired super G [alpine skiing] in Sochi. She was also the first British Para alpine skier to claim a medal at the world championships when she took silver in the vision impaired slalom in Sestriere, Italy, in 2011. (, 11 Mar 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2014)

She did a master of research [MRes] degree in social research methods and sociology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. (LinkedIn profile, 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.26
4 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:14.53
6 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:37.36
1 2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:28.72 
  2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
8 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:39.75
7 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:38.08
5 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:32.79
6 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.57
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:47.67
3 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:31.68
3 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:38.80
2 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.30
  2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
2 2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:58.81
3 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:29.07
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.84
2 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:59.60
1 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:29.99
3 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:23.77
3 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:22.17
4 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:30.82
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:32.92
  2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
5 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:39.76