The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team
The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST) is a charitable organisation which uses Alpine skiing to rehabilitate those serving and retired service personnel who have been injured during their military service. The team was started in early 2008 by Maj Ian Large, an ex-Combined Services Alpine Team Captain, who saw the potential for otherwise fit young men and women to enter the realm of adaptive skiing and ultimately for some to represent their country in the Winter Paralympics.
Adaptive Skiing is a key discipline for the Battle Back programme, which also receives financial support from Help for Heroes (H4H). Similarly to the Battle Back programme, the CSDST aims to inspire wounded Servicemen and women to achieve ambitious goals, rather than focusing on what they can no longer do.
Help for Heroes funding provides transport and equipment to get wounded troops and veterans on to the slopes.
CSDST's goal is to feed athletes into the British Disabled Ski Team with the ultimate target of participation in Paralympic events.
Former Sergeant Mick Brennan who lost both legs above the knee in a suicide-bomb blast in Iraq in 2004 is one of the individuals who have benefitted from H4H grant funding to CSDST. Mick has gone on the compete for ParalympicsGB, representing his country once again.
You can read Mick's story at: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help/hero-stories/mick-brennan/
Everyone involved in the CSDST has overcome remarkable adversity just to learn to ski but for many, this is just the beginning. Those that have shown extraordinary talent are focussed on the truly demanding but achievable goal of representing their country in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in 2014.