Today was an opportunity for everyone to have a bit of down time, it’s been a full on programme since we arrived and today gave people a chance to go at a slightly quieter pace, something they will also experience as athletes. The trick, for some athletes who will often have a couple of free days before their event, is to use those days wisely and not get bored.
One of the ways that some of the Athlete’s chose to use their downtime was to cheer on four of the ParalympicsGB girls in the Slalom Event today. One of those girls was Millie Knight who, at 15 is the youngest ParalympicsGB competitor in Sochi and today was her Paralympic debut! She skied wonderfully and placed a brilliant 5th in her class. ParalympicsGB also added to their medal haul today, when Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claimed another Silver Medal; aren’t they brilliant!
The fact that today was a bit more relaxed gave us time to catch up with Ray Lowrie, an aspiring rower who lives in Exeter, to find out how he’s found the camp so far, he says: “The sledge hockey is great, really aggressive and a brilliant atmosphere in the stadium. I can’t wait to have a go when I get back to the UK!
"To pick one favourite experience so far is almost impossible but the opening ceremony was amazing, as well as watching the medal ceremonies and seeing how well ParalympicsGB have done. A mention must go to Sochi Dog too who’s been a favourite amongst the blokes.
“We were lucky enough to visit both the coastal and mountain athletes’ villages where I was able to hold Jade Etherington’s silver medal and chat to her, she’s such an inspiration to us all on the programme. It’s made me even more determined to put everything I have into rowing and be the best I can be and I cannot thank Help for Heroes and the British Paralympic Association enough for the opportunity to have this experience.”
You can follow Ray’s journey on twitter at @rayuk81.
Tomorrow we’ll all be going to the mountains to cheer on the Men in their Slalom classes, including Mick Brennan. Stay tuned on twitter or via Channel 4’s fantastic coverage to see how they get on.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the team, it means so much to hear the messages of encouragement and from you all back home.