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AHRENS Terry
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age52
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Derby, ENG
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He began skiing for the British Army after an officer noticed him taking part in biathlons and triathlons. After sustaining the injury to his left arm, he taught himself how to adapt to his impairment so he could ski again.
Club / Team
Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team: Great Britain
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything in life is more of a challenge. You have to do things in different ways and the simplest things are often the hardest. I like to embrace it and find it a good challenge to figure out how I'm going to get around things." (helpforheroes.org.uk, 29 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, as well as the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He lost the use of his left arm in 1993 after he was involved in a traffic accident while riding his bicycle. (helpforheroes.org.uk, 29 Nov 2017; YouTube, 19 Feb 2017)
Other information
MILITARY CAREER
He was in the British Army for a total of 23 years. He joined up at age 16, and continued to serve in the military after sustaining the impairment to his left arm at age 22. "My attitude was resolutely that this would not beat me. I showed the Army I was still employable and I avoided medical discharge. I took on jobs I could do and did them to the best of my ability." (helpforheroes.org.uk, 29 Nov 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 1998 7.5km Individual LW6/8 37:08.2
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
22 1998 5km Classic Style LW5/7,6/8 21:06.3
19 1998 15km Freestyle LW5/7,6/8 37:23.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 44:05.9
13 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:54.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
19 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
  2016/2017 10km - Standing  DNF