Help for Heroes athlete Scott Meenagh has been selected to ParalympicsGB for the Winter Games, meaning the team will be represented in Para Nordic skiing for the first time since Nagano 1998.
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 an historic five sports.
Scott, who was injured whilst on active service in Afghanistan at the age of 21, was encouraged to try Para Nordic skiing after getting a taste of winter sport during Sochi 2014, which he experienced as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
Scott previously competed in Para rowing at an international level, however he made the switch to Nordic Skiing in March 2016.
He said: “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.”
Jayne Kavanagh, Performance Pathway Manager at Help for Heroes said: “We are all incredibly proud of what Scott has accomplished. Sport has given him a second chance at life post-injury and through support offered through Help for Heroes and his own determination, he has regained his purpose and been empowered to compete on a world stage. He is an inspiration to others who suffered a life-changing injury or illness and we can’t wait to experience more achievements with him at the Games.”
Penny Briscoe OBE, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Scott and I’d like to congratulate him on his selection to the team. He is a talented athlete who has made impressive progress since he started competing on snow and I look forward to cheering him on in South Korea.
“His development in the sport is also testament to the support and commitment from Help for Heroes and the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team and I’d like to thank them for their work to help get Scott to the start line in PyeongChang.”
The announcement takes the number of athletes currently selected for ParalympicsGB to 17 after athletes were selected in Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard and wheelchair curling.
All sports will come together this Thursday February 15 to celebrate their selection to the team before the athletes begin to depart for South Korea.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 9-18.
If you are a wounded, injured or sick Service Personnel or Veteran interested in trying Para-Nordic skiing or any other Winter Sport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org