Day 10: Nearing the close

Saturday 15 March 2014

This morning, Mick Brennan and the ParalympicsGB men were in action for their final race of the Games, the Giant Slalom. Mick was going for it and finished a very impressive 14th place overall. An incredible first Games for Mick and definitely one to watch for 2018.

We also saw a momentous occasion when a tight medal match saw GB come out with the bronze medal in wheelchair curling!

Today we’ve caught up with athlete Lee Aitchison, from Airdree in Scotland. Lee’s sport is Shooting, something he was spotted for at the first Talent Identification at Tedworth House Recovery Centre.

Lee was confined to a wheelchair by nerve damage triggered by a training accident. He contracted his condition when a twisted ankle, sustained on a military skills exercise, developed into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a rare, progressive and incurable condition that caused extreme hypersensitivity.

Talking about his experience at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, he said: "it’s not what I expected it to be, it’s better. It’s given me a real drive to reach Rio. Whilst I don’t think you can ever fully prepare for life as an athlete at a Paralympic Games, it’s given me an understanding of some of the things that are expected.

The sledge hockey has got to be one of the highlights, tonight we watched the gold medal match, Russia against USA which was incredible. We also played mini hockey at half time with some young kids who were out here, they loved it.

 Mini Hockey

Everything that I have been lucky enough to be a part of is all thanks to Help for Heroes and the British Paralympics Association and I am forever grateful to them."

Tomorrow sees the women’s final race in the skiing and then the closing ceremony where everyone will have an opportunity to look back at a hugely successful ParalympicsGB campaign.

Until then…

Jess

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