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Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthNorthampton, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Husband Peter Walford
Warwick, ENG
Motivational Speaker
English, French
Higher education
Sociology - University of Bristol: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She grew up snowboarding and dreamed of snowboard racing for Great Britain, until the 2006 accident in Japan that left her paralysed from the waist down. While in hospital, she was inspired by the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin and began mono-skiing the following year.
Why this sport?
After her injury she was determined to get back on the slopes. Soon after taking up mono-skiing in 2007 she was fast-tracked into the British Disabled Ski Team. Within three years she competed at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, a goal she had set herself while she had been in hospital. "Focusing on sport has helped me get my life back on track after a life-changing accident."
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Wheelchair basketball, handcycling. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her family and husband Peter. "I now have some minor movements in my legs. Iím pretty sure if it had not been for my family and Peter egging me on, I would not have achieved what I have done," she said in 2012. (, 31 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love the rush and life would be meaningless without some mountains to race down." (, 25 Jan 2013)
Other sports
She competed in snowboarding prior to her accident. She was also part of the Great Britain triathlon development squad. (, 03 Oct 2008;, 15 Nov 2010; VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
In 2006 while snowboarding in Japan she overshot a 30-foot tabletop jump and broke her back. (, 03 Jan 2008)
Other information
She has retired from competitive sport. (, 21 Jan 2015)

She met her husband, physiotherapist Peter Walton, while on a rehabilitation course in the Lake District. "Because Peter is a physiotherapist he obviously understood what I was going through physically. But it wasnít just that, it didnít take me long to discover he was an amazing person." (, 31 Jan 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 Slalom - Sitting 2:40.83
  2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2014 Downhill - Sitting DNF
4 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:35.27
6 2014 Slalom - Sitting 2:28.33
  2014 Super Combined - Sitting DNF
8 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:20.76
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting 3:24.33
4 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:04.63
  2010/2011 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
4 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:27.86
  2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013/2014 Downhill - Sitting  
4 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
5 2013/2014 Super-G - Sitting