Snow fun is for everyone

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Skiers from all over the country flocked to Milton Keynes last weekend to take part in an all-inclusive event hosted by Disability Snowsport UK.

Both able-bodied and disabled competitors took on the course especially built at SnoZone on Saturday to compete for the fastest time.

After practice, all racers completed two timed runs down the gated slalom course in categories including: Standing Supported Skier; Visually Impaired Skier; Monoski; Bucketed Bi-ski; and Able Bodied Skier.

The event was also joined by a guest visitor from Holland showcasing a unique adaptive seated snowboard.

Medals were awarded across all categories, with the fastest time of the day being put down by 15 year old able bodied skier Patrick Challen who was closely followed by visually impaired 2014 Sochi British Disabled Ski Team member 15-year-old Millie Knight.

DSUK’s Steve Challen said: “It was great day at the Milton Keynes Snozone and to see disabled skiers compete alongside able bodied skiers.

“We are grateful to Millie and the other members of the British Disabled Ski team for attending the event, especially as it was the day before they were due to travel abroad for the start of 2014 winter season trials and training.”

Disability Snowsport ski and snowboarding lessons are open to everyone at Snozone. For more information, email Peter Thorpe at dsukmiltonkeynes@disabilitysnowsport.org.ukor call 07810 263768.