70-mile mountain ride for Neots Paralympian... on a handbike

PARALYMPIC skier Sean Rose will swap his mono-ski for a handbike when he returns the mountains to raise money for disability snowsports.

PARALYMPIC skier Sean Rose will swap his mono-ski for a handbike when he returns the mountains to raise money for disability snowsports.

The St Neots man will join other members of the British Disabled Ski Team in the Peak2Peak ride from Fort William near Ben Nevis to Aviemore in the Cairngorms on September 11.

The group will tackle a 70-mile route which includes 2,500ft of ascent to raise money for Disability Snowsports UK and the athletes of the British Disabled Ski Team.

However, Sean is facing a battle to be fit as he recovers from an injury sustained at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games in March.

“It’s been a tough battle between doing what the shoulder will let me and what I want to do, which is to be able to finish this event,” he said. “Time is pushing on and the task seems pretty enormous!”

“What will really help me keep going is knowing that I have raised lots of money for Disability Snowsports UK and the athletes of the British Disabled Ski Team.

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“DSUK helps anybody with a disability get on snow and have a chance to experience the joy of skiing, as well as inspire them and help them grow to go on to do other things in life,” he said.

The British Disabled Ski Team enjoyed its most successful Paralympic Games at Vancouver in February with five top-10 finishes at the games, and five World Cup podium positions in the past two years. However, it is still mainly self-funded, with athletes paying from their own pockets to represent their country.

Sean said: “You can be part of the success and help get the next four-year plan toward Sochi 2014 Games off in the right direction - or you can just picture the torture in my face going up that last five miles.”

INFORMATION: To make a donation to Sean’s ride and British Disabled Ski Team, visit www.justgiving.com/sean-rose

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