One year and counting: An update from the Chef de Mission
on 07-03-2013 11:00
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014 Penny Briscoe shares her thoughts as we reach one year to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
Sochi 2014 will be my third Winter Paralympic Games as a member of ParalympicsGB’s core team. As someone committed to supporting athletes and staff members in achieving their performance goals and sporting ambitions, I look forward to each Paralympic Games as it is on this stage that their dreams can be realised.
"My primary focus is to support our athletes and staff in delivering personal best performances when it matters most."Penny Briscoe
On a personal level, Sochi will be a very special moment in my career – my eighth Paralympic and Olympic campaign, but my first as Chef de Mission. What excites me about this role is the opportunity to use the experience I have built up since my first Games in Atlanta and my passion for the Games themselves to support our winter sports to thrive in this unique environment. My primary focus is to support our athletes and staff in delivering personal best performances when it matters most.
Having just returned from Sochi I am sure that the organising committee will deliver a wonderful Games next year. Whilst there is clearly still a lot to do, the venues are already looking spectacular and the infrastructure is really starting to take shape.
Everyone at the BPA is delighted that the Wheelchair Curling squad have qualified for Sochi after finishing 6th at the World Championships last month. Whilst the Scottish Curling squad were doing battle with the Canadians, Swedes and Russians amongst others, the British adaptive ski team were competing at their own World Championships in La Molina, Spain. There were some excellent results, with the standout athlete being Kelly Gallagher who returned two silver and two bronze medals.
The next stop for the skiers is Sochi for the Alpine test event, whilst our other winter squad – the Ice Sledge Hockey team – will be heading to Nagano for the World B Championships. The squad faces a tough challenge and we send our best wishes to the guys as they strive for a top three finish.
"I am committed to supporting the ambition of our sports and athletes though my leadership of a world class ParalympicsGB core team."Penny Briscoe
Whilst ParalympicsGB will not contest all sports in Sochi, the final selected team will field some of the best winter athletes in the world. As Chef de Mission, I am committed to supporting the ambition of our sports and athletes though my leadership of a world class ParalympicsGB core team and the Games preparation framework.
One year to go. One year and counting. I am sure that our winter sports will continue to build on the positive results and progress of the 2012/13 season and ensure this final year provides the platform from which every team member can thrive in Sochi.