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CONWAY-MURRAY Grace
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age27
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Oxford Brookes University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age four and began competitive Para skiing in 2016.
Why this sport?
"I first started to ski because my parents loved skiing and the mountains and wanted me to experience that. My parents bought a house in the French Alps in Meribel so this could be achievable. They asked a very dear friend of theirs who happened to be an instructor to teach me. Before long I was racing down the slopes with my parents no longer being able to keep up with me."
Training Regime
"When I'm in the UK I go to the gym three times a week and I stretch everyday. If I'm away in Meribel then I'll spend three days a week training with my French coach and then go to the gym two or three days a week. I will do morning and afternoon stretching after skiing."
General Interest
Hobbies
Horse riding, walking her dog. (sportsaid.org.uk, 31 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (sportsaid.org.uk, 31 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whenever I take on a task, I always want to be the best that I can be." (optimamagazine.co.uk, 08 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sportsaid.org.uk, 31 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy which affects the right side of her body, particularly her right arm. "I don't think I realised I was different in terms of skiing until I was roughly about 10. I should have probably had poles but I was unable to use them." (paralympic.org, 23 Feb 2018; optimamagazine.co.uk, 08 Sep 2017)
Other information
STUDIES
She deferred her studies in mechanical engineering Oxford Brookes University to focus on competing. She has also studied mathematics, geography and engineering at Open University in the United Kingdom. "I've always liked cars, always been practical and maths-orientated." (optimamagazine.co.uk, 08 Sep 2017; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2017)

CHARITY
She established a charity, the Dave Stanley Ski Trust, in memory of her first instructor who passed away. The charity helps young people with impairments to learn to ski. "I am so grateful to him for giving me this opportunity in life." (optimamagazine.co.uk, 08 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.