BPA appoint Sean Rose as ParalympicsGB’s athlete ambassador for Sochi 2014
on 16-01-2014 08:38
To celebrate 50 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced that retired alpine skier Sean Rose (Cambridgeshire) has been chosen as an athlete ambassador for ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014.
Rose will be part of the British delegation that will travel to Russia in March to support the team. He will share his knowledge and experience of competing at the Paralympics with team-members as well as BPA partners and supporters on the ground in Sochi and will support the BPA’s programme of activities that will run in parallel to the competition schedule at Games-time, such as the newly announced Nearest and Dearest programme for close relatives of competing athletes.
A former World Cup gold medallist who represented ParalympicsGB at the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in the sport of Alpine Skiing, Rose is one of GB’s highest achieving winter athletes of recent years.
Speaking of his appointment, Rose said: “Winter sports are my passion and I was already counting down the days to Sochi 2014 when I was invited to join the team as an athlete ambassador.
“I hope that I can use my experience as a winter Paralympic athlete to benefit the wider team and, in doing so, help them to support the athletes as they go out there and achieve the personal best performances that they’ve been working so hard towards. Although I’m not competing this time round, I can’t wait to be part of the Games experience once more and I’m excited to see what ParalympicsGB can do in Sochi.”
Penny Briscoe MBE, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB at Sochi 2014, welcomed him onto the team: “Sean is well-known for his enthusiasm, passion and insight into Winter Paralympic sport and he has given us a lot in his time as a successful ski racer who has competed at the highest level. It’s great that we now have him on board in the capacity of athlete ambassador, and I know he’ll be a truly valuable asset to the team when ParalympicsGB compete in Sochi.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 7, 2014.