British Disabled Ski Team

The British Disabled Ski Team (BDST) is the British national para-alpine ski team.  

Disability Snowsport UK manages the BDST and is recognised as the UK National Governing Body for disabled snowsports by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The team is split into two squads - the Elite Team, training and competing on a full-time basis and the Development Squads - Adult and Youth - where the athletes work on a part-time basis. More details on all our athletes and coaches can be found below.
Latest News
Pitztal Roundup

16th December 2014

The first major race event of the year has just finished in Pitztal, Austria. The BDST were well represented over the five days of racing in both IPCAS and Europa Cup competition. First up were two Super-G races and a first taste of speed for some of our athletes. In the standing classes Chris Lloyd picked up a 10th and a 15th whilst James Whitley claimed two top 20 finishes in his first SG races. In the sitting class, Mick Brennan and Benji Millard both recovered from DNF's in the first race to take top 10 places in the 2nd race.

A return to the technical discipline of Giant Slalom saw an increased field and appearances from our VI pairings. John Dickinson-Lilley and Jack Davey finished 12th and 13th whilst competing against most of the competitors from the Sochi Paralympics, a very creditable pair of results. In the womens competition Millie Knight and Jen Kehoe swept all before them claiming two Golds. There were also top ten finishes for James Whitley and Mick Brennan

Following 3 days of IPCAS competition, it was time to step up a level with the first Europa Cup competitions of the season. Millie and Jen didn't miss a beat and claimed another two Gold medals, taking their tally to four in four days! In the mens competition there were some strong results from Benji in his first EC races as he took 11th in the GS and 9th in the SL whilst Chris and James both claimed top 20 finishes whilst up against a very strong field.

Full results can be seen in the race results section.

The athletes now have a couple of days off and a short transfer over to Kuhtai for the next competition which runs from the 19th to the 21st December. Keep an eye out for updates here, on our Facebook page and via Twitter.


Sports Personality of The Year

14th December 2014

BDST Athletes Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans are on the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Don't forget to vote for them here when the show is on at 8pm on Sunday 14th December!




Great Results at Landgraaf IPCAS Races

22nd November 2014

The IPCAS race season go underway this week at the indoor snow centre at Landgraaf in Holland. BDST athletes were there in force and there were some great results from all of them. Special mentions must go to the VI pairings of Menna Fitzpatrick & Matt Martin and John Dickinson-Lilley & Jack Davey who both managed to pick up two Gold medals from the two races! An excellent start to the season and hopefully the first of many. Check out the results tab to see the full details.


BDST Performance Director appointed

10th October 2014

The BDST are pleased to announce that following a rigorous selection process, Duncan Freshwater has been appointed to the role of Performance Director.
Duncan has many years’ experience in sports management and coaching and within British snowsports in particular.  He was the Pathway and Performance Manager of SnowsportGB leading into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and has been a BASI Trainer since 1999.
In a voluntary capacity, Duncan is in his second term as Performance Director for Snowsport Scotland. He was Head Coach for the British Universities’ Ski Team between 2001 and 2009, successfully lobbying to have snowsports athletes included as participants in the British delegation at the World Student Games, during which time the alpine team won 3 medals.

Fiona Young OBE, CEO of Disability Snowsport UK, said:
“We are very pleased that Duncan will be joining the team to lead them to the next Paralympic Games. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which will enable the BDST to develop into a World leading nation in para-alpine sport.”

Duncan Freshwater said;
“I am extremely honoured to come to this role at such a pivotal time for BDST and am excited about working with the athletes, guides, coaches and support staff of the team to build on the wonderful achievements of Sochi towards the ambitions of being a leading nation in para-alpine sport “



UK Sport announcement on funding levels for British winter Olympic & Paralympic Sports

26th June 2014

 
Following UK Sport’s announcement that Para-Alpine skiing will receive £2.74 million in funding over the next four years, Disability Snowsport UK, the charity who run the British Disabled Ski Team, have released the following statement.

“This is great news that UK Sport have recognised the achievements and hard work put in by the athletes, the British Disabled Ski Team and Disability Snowsport UK over the last 3 funding cycles. This is an important step forward in funding and support for para-alpine skiing in Great Britain.

Discussions will now take place on the best way to utilise this funding and take the BDST forward.”



Sochi Roundup

With the closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Paralympics now completed the Games are now officially over, and what a games they have been for ParalympicsGB;
 
  • The most successful Winter Games ever for ParalympicsGB with a total of six medals.
  • The first ever Gold medal on snow for a British Athlete (Kelly Gallagher and her Guide Charlotte Evans) at either the Olympics or Paralympics.
  • Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell won 4 medals (3 silver and 1 bronze) making them the most successful ever British female winter Paralympians and the first winter ParalympicsGB athletes to win four medals at one Games.
  • Strong performances from across the whole team with 7 top 10 finishes and 4 top 15 finishes.
  • Brilliant debuts from our young athletes, laying the foundations for even greater performances in 4 years time.
  • A bronze medal from the Wheelchair Curling Team
 
The Team finished 9th in the Alpine Skiing medal table and 10th overall - impressive for a nation not traditionally regarded as a Winter sport power.


 

ParalympicsGB at the closing ceremony
 
The performances from all the athletes have been nothing short of sensational and they have really raised the level awareness and interest in winter sports for the disabled in the UK. Indeed, I have been dealing with an unprecedented number of enquiries from new possible athletes who have been inspired to find out more because of the Games.
 
A full summary of each athlete's results is below;
Name Downhill Super-G Super Combi Slalom Giant Slalom
Jade Etherington & Caroline Powell
VI
2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd DNS
Kelly Gallagher & Charlotte Evans
VI
6th 1st DNF DNF DNF
Millie Knight & Rachael Ferrier
VI
N/A N/A N/A 5th 5th
Anna Turney
Sitting
DNF 4th DNF 6th 8th
Mick Brennan
Sitting
N/A 10th 7th DSQ 14th
Ben Sneesby
Sitting
N/A N/A N/A 11th DNF
James Whitley
Standing
N/A N/A N/A 15th 14th
 
The athletes could not have put such a strong team performance without the support of the coaching and back room staff. Head Coach Tony McAllister, Assistant Coaches and Ski Tech's Euan Bennet, Robbie Young and Mark Scorgie, Physio Paul Gould and Team Leader Andrew Lockerbie have provided superb support for the athletes in Sochi and brought the very best out of everyone.
 
There was also great support from all the family and supporters who had made their way out to Sochi to support the team - you could always tell when a British athlete was on course as the noise level in the stands went up ten fold and they were only beaten for noise levels by the home crowd!
 
The Team arrived back in the UK to a fantastic reception at Heathrow yesterday and, having spent the evening catching up with friends and family, were invited to Number 10 today to meet the Prime Minister - a great endorsement of what they have achieved.
 

ParalympicsGB meet David Cameron at No10 Downing Street today
 
The athletes will now take some time off to recover and also to fulfil the numerous media engagements they all have before reconvening in April for a post-Games debrief. Before then, the Development Squad athletes will be in action a the Austrian Nationals in early April - this will be the chance to see how the next generation are progressing on the road to Pyeongchang in 2018.
 
We are incredibly grateful for all the messages of support that the Team got during the Games and hope that their performances have inspired and impressed you. We are now in the process of looking for partners and sponsors to help us build on the successes of the last few weeks and take Great Britain onto even greater success over the next 4 years. If you would like to be part of this journey and help or support us either financially or with equipment or other services then please get in contact with us - we would love to hear from you.
Meet the athletes and the staffMeet the athletes and the staff
Why you should help?
Can you imagine the feeling of ski racing with missing limbs, paralysis or visual impairment reaching speeds of over 50mph? This is the daily pursuit of our highly motivated athletes, striving to race against the top alpine ski racers from around the world.

Our team  trains all year-round to sustain their world-class level and get ready for Sochi 2014, and also has to raise funding to make sure they get the best training possible that gets them podium places.

Your help is very much needed to ensure we are on the podium in Sochi!
2014-2015 Season Results
Here are the race results for this season.

16th December 2014 - Pitztal Europa Cup Slalom

Womens VI - Millie Knight and Jen Kehoe - 1st
Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 9th


15th December 2014 - Pitztal Europa Cup Giant Slalom

Womens VI - Millie Knight and Jen Kehoe - 1st
Mens Standing - Chris Lloyd - 15th
Mens Standing - James Whitley - 17th
Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 11th


14th December 2014 - Pitztal IPCAS Giant Slalom

Womens VI - Millie Knight and Jen Kehoe - 1st
Mens VI - John Dickinson-Lilley and Jack Davey - 13th
Mens Standing - James Whitley - 8th
Mens Sitting - Mick Brennan - 7th
Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 15th


13th December 2014 - Pitztal IPCAS Giant Slalom

Womens VI - Millie Knight and Jen Kehoe - 1st
Mens VI - John Dickinson-Lilley and Jack Davey - 12th
Mens Standing - James Whitley - 19th
Mens Standing - Chris Lloyd - 20th
Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 18th


12th December 2014 - Pitztal IPCAS Super-G

Race 1, Mens Standing - Chris Lloyd - 15th
Race 1, Mens Standing - James Whitley - 18th
Race 2, Mens Standing - Chris Lloyd - 10th
Race 2, Mens Standing - James Whitley - 19th
Race 2, Mens Sitting - Mick Brennan - 4th
Race 2, Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 10th


21st November 2014 - Landgraaf IPCAS Slalom

Womens VI - Menna Fitzpatrick and Matt Martin - 1st
Mens VI - John Dickinson-Lilley and Jack Davey - 1st

Mens Standing - Jack Titley - 13th
Mens Standing - Kieran Nimmo - 14th
Mens Standing - Jack Peters - 16th
Mens Sitting - Mick Brennan - 4th
Mens Sitting - Graeme Hood - 16th
Mens Sitting - Tom Murley - 22nd


20th November 2014 - Landgraaf IPCAS Slalom

Womens VI - Menna Fitzpatrick and Matt Martin - 1st
Mens VI - John Dickinson-Lilley and Jack Davey - 1st

Mens Standing - Jack Peters - 15th
Mens Standing - Kieran Nimmo - 16th
Mens Standing - Jack Titley - 18th
Mens Sitting - Mick Brennan - 4th
Mens Sitting - Benji Millard - 11th

Sochi 2014






The Games are now over. Click on the link above to read about everything that happened.
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