An important part of being an Athlete is being a good spokesperson for your sport, and those who have helped you along your road to success, especially when you’re talking to the media. So, today the Team have had a first-hand insight into what that might look like as we spent some time filming with Channel 4; the result of which will be broadcast this evening on their highlights show at 19:30 – so tune in!
Another highlight today was watching more sport action, with the team split between watching the Skiing and the Sledge Hockey. The team that went to the mountains were eager to see Mick Brennan in action again, and we were all absolutely gutted for him when a small error at a gate meant that he was disqualified from the Men’s Slalom. However, he was feeling upbeat and very much looking forward to his favourite event tomorrow; the Super G, which you can watch at 10:00GMT on the various offerings from C4Paralympics!
A particularly special moment was when our Athletes we able to watch James Whitley and Ben Sneesby make their first forays into Paralympic competition – both of their families were there to cheer on their young sons, making the moment even more special and poignant.
The skiing finished in time for the whole team to make it down to the Costal location so that they could watch the Sledge Hockey, where USA – the defending Paralympic Champions - took on Canada – the defending World Champions - in what has been billed as the ‘Big One’!
However, there was heartbreak for Canada when they lost the semi-final to the USA 3-0, which has paved the way for an epic battle between the USA and Russia in the final; that will be one match that you don't want to miss.
Another Help for Heroes Athlete, who is also one of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme Athletes, who attended Sochi as part of the Sport Programme was Lance Corporal Tyler Christopher, who is a Help for Heroes' Band of Brother and a member of the GB Sledge Hockey Team. Sadly, the team didn’t qualify for Sochi, however, their sights are firmly set on competing Pyeongchang in 2018.
One thing that the Sochi Winter Paralympics has done for the Sport is to show people just how amazing, physically demanding, fast paced, intense and thrilling Sledge Hockey is, which has unleashed a wave of support from people all over the world.
Tyler, and team mate and Help for Heroes Band of Brother, Jon Le Galloudec, hope that this awareness and support will help to increase the number of people playing the sport in the UK. The team are going from strength to strength, however, a surge in number and popularity can only help improve the Sport across the board!
If you have a lower-limb disability of any kind, you should be eligible to play Sledge Hockey competitively in the UK. If this is something that would interest you, find out how to get involved in Sledge Hockey by visiting http://www.sledgehockey.co.uk/
To show your support for the GB Sledge Hockey Team follow them on twitter @GBSledgeHockey and facebook /GBSledgeHockey.