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Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthBolton, ENG
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Sons Cam and Owen
Denmead, ENG
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in 2008 in Bavaria, Germany.
Why this sport?
"Skiing chose me. I was part of the first disabled sports programme set up by the British Military. I skied for two weeks and attended for the following four years, only skiing two weeks a year. [In 2015] I started racing."
Club / Team
Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team: Great Britain
Name of coach
Adam Coulson
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Sailing, parachuting, kayaking. (, 07 Dec 2014)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal, and his children. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Skiing is freedom and one of the few sports where disability is left at the bottom of the chair and success is made on the hill." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In December 2013 he received the George Medal, awarded for acts of bravery in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. (, 12 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in sailing for the British Army Offshore Race Team. (, 07 Dec 2014;, 11 Aug 2014)
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and to promote the film 'Kajaki', which tells the story of how he and other soldiers became trapped in an unmarked minefield. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
His left leg was amputated above the knee after he stepped on a landmine serving in the British Army in Afghanistan in September 2006. The incident occurred while he was trying to assist two wounded colleagues. "I was on my own trying to look after these two guys in the middle of a minefield, but you could hardly move in case you set off another mine. I flapped at first, then the training kicked in. They were getting seriously dehydrated and I called for a water bottle to be thrown down to me. I caught the first. Then I called for a second. It hit my hand and fell on the floor. I stood up to reach it and bang, the next thing I was on the floor. You don't hear the bang. All I felt was the shock wave going through my body. About 30 seconds later I looked down and my left foot had disappeared. Then the pain kicked in. I never saw my foot again. It simply vanished." (, 07 Dec 2014)
Other information
He joined the British Army in 2003 and served with the 1st and 2nd Battalions the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers until his accident in 2006. (, 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Cup (Zagreb)
Rank Year Event Result
  2017/2018 Slalom - Standing  DNF
22 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:35.58
21 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:31.93
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNF
18 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:39.71