Former British Soldier, Mick Brennan, made his Paralympic debut today when he competed in his first race of the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games in the men’s Super-G Sitting. He was racing toward the end of the classification so everyone in Sochi supporting him, and back on home soil, had a nervous wait until it was his turn. Before he was up, at least half the field crashed out due to the bumpy & tough conditions, so when his turn finally came around, nerves were frayed and everyone was on the edge of their seats!
As the course had already proved tough and treacherous the main hope was that Mick would complete the course safely and in good time, which he did with flare. Mick secured an amazing 10th place, which was a personal best for him. Everyone that knows Mick is so happy for him, whilst also bursting with pride.
Mick has had a particularly tough road to Sochi, but has persevered through the difficult times and that perseverance has really paid off; his performance today is testament to that.
Help for Heroes are so proud to have provided support, encouragement and equipment for Mick, all of which have helped him along his road to recovery and on the slopes of Sochi; it’s amazing to see Mick reach full potential and compete in a sport he loves, whilst representing the country that he sacrificed so much for. When talking about the support he's had, Mick says: “I do the easy part, which is just going down a hill, everyone else has done the hard bit by getting me here.”
Without the continued support of people like you we would not have been able to support Mick in the ways that we have. Whether that be at this performance level or helping someone who just wants to ride their bike with their family. So, take a moment to be proud - of yourself for enabling an amazingly inspiration guy to achieve his own personal dream.