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SIMPSON Neil
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age19
Place of BirthAberdeen, SCO
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Andrew Simpson [brother]
Further Personal Information
Residence
Aberdeen, SCO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
"I started skiing at age four in Aberdeen [Scotland]. A couple of years later, I joined Gordon Skiers [in Alford, Scotland] to start training more regularly on weekdays and weekends, and also to get some more experience on snow."
Why this sport?
He and his brother Andrew skied on family holidays at a young age.
Club / Team
Gordon Skiers: Aberdeen, SCO
Name of coach
Blake Williams [national]; Scott Macbain [national]; Ali Morton [national]; Jo Ryding [national]
Training Regime
"I train eight hours in the gym [each week] and ski when we can."
General Interest
Hobbies
Fitness. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in men's visually impaired super G at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
"Dave Boyd for making me work hard in the gym." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
British alpine skier Alexandra Tilley. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's about just chipping away and working on whatever there is to work on. You're trying to find little things you can tweak here and there to get quicker as the season goes on." (pressandjournal.co.uk, 24 Jan 2022)
Awards and honours
He was one of three athletes shortlisted for the 2020 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award, but did not win. (bbc.co.uk, 09 Dec 2020)
Famous relatives
His older brother Andrew has served as his guide during competitions. (pressandjournal.co.uk, 24 Jan 2022; eveningexpress.co.uk, 10 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (eveningexpress.co.uk, 10 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He was born with nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary eye movements. (gbsnowsport.com, 2021)
Other information
SIBLING CONNECTION
He won gold in the men's visually impaired super G at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing with his older brother Andrew as his guide. "For me it definitely helps having Andrew with me. You are able to be very clear and concise in what you want, even direct and blunt sometimes, so you can get feedback across a lot easier. You don't have to beat around the bush, so that definitely helps. We grew up together so we know what each other is thinking anyway. It's amazing to win it with my brother. It's something we've been working towards for a long, long time, and you know, even to get to the Paralympics is a real honour. We've been skiing together for quite a while, and growing up together, it just makes it really special." (france24.com, 08 Mar 2022; dailymail.co.uk, 06 Mar 2022; theguardian.com, 06 Mar 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:17.13
1 2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:08.91
3 2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:52.81
5 2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:59.45
9 2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:53.15
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2021/2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:14.16
4 2021/2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:09.05
2 2021/2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:52.82
  2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
6 2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:33.13
5 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes  
World Cup (Zagreb)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:41.41
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.49
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 2:05.67
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.05
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:01.50
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.67
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:03.61
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:34.17
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.63
  2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
4 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.23
5 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.12
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:59.71
4 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.76
1 2019/2020 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:50.16
3 2019/2020 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired