Help for Heroes athlete Scott Meenagh will proudly serve his country once again at this year’s Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang where he will compete in Para Nordic skiing. It is the first time in 20 years that Britain will compete in the sport at the Paralympic Games.
On his Games debut at PyeongChang 2018, Scott will represent ParalympicsGB in both cross country and biathlon. His selection means that the team will be represented in a historic five sports.
“It’s an incredible feeling to know my name is on the team sheet and that I’m set to achieve my goal of representing Great Britain at a Paralympic Games. I can’t wait to get out to South Korea to compete and I’m determined to give my very best performance.
“I’ve totally fallen in love with this sport and I hope that I will encourage others to follow me so that we can develop Para Nordic skiing further for Beijing 2022.” Scott Meenagh
In PyeongChang, Scott will compete in Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon which tests both his physical and mental strength.
In Cross Country, there are three events ranging from the 1km spring where power and speed are key, through to the 20km which tests strength and endurance. In the Biathlon, he must balance the physical demands of the undulated ski courses and refocus mentally when he comes onto the range to shoot five targets the size of a 5 pence piece from a distance of 10 metres. Should he miss, he faces a 100-metre penalty loop.
Help for Heroes funded the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (link to their site?) to support the Para Nordic Programme, including supporting Scott and along with Steve Arnold and Terry Ahrens, through the elite programme with attendance at the World Cup and World Championship events and building a foundation team for the longer term development of the sport.