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Monthly update from our Chef de Mission

on 09-01-2014 16:32

ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014 Penny Briscoe shares an insight into the planning and activity behind preparing the team for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

So, 2014 is finally here and it marks the start of another Games year for us all at ParalympicsGB. Before I go on to talk about where our preparations are up to at this crucial stage in the cycle, I’d like to once more congratulate Angie Malone who secured the final slot within the Wheelchair Curling squad just before Christmas. Congratulations also to Fiona Young, CEO of Disability Snowsport, who received a well deserved OBE in the New Year Honours.

It is an exciting start to the New Year - in a matter of days ParalympicsGB will receive the final athlete nominations for the Sochi team and the alpine skiers will be officially announced at the Deloitte ParalympicsGB Team Launch which takes place in Glasgow on January 23 and 24.

It is an incredibly busy time for all involved in the team, but also the time when we will all be focussing hard on those crucial final preparations as athletes and sport specific staff ensure that their taper to the Games is optimal. At the BPA, we will be working hard to ensure that the support structures around the team are in place and working smoothly to support the shared ambition of personal best performances at the Games.

Before Christmas, the Team Support staff and Secretary General Team spent time scenario planning and furthering plans around the VIP programme, which is not only an important element in supporting the team out in Sochi but also in raising the profile of Winter Paralympic sports moving forward to Pyeongchang and beyond.

As we enter the final weeks of preparation, the selected athletes will be working hard on and off the ice and snow, while our focus will be on launching the team in Glasgow and in ensuring that we are fully prepared to hit the ground running in Sochi. The ParalympicsGB Team Launch promises to be a wonderful occasion for both the athletes and their families and I am sure that they are both excited about the event and will use it as an important stage in the final phase of their preparations.

I am looking forward to welcoming the athletes to Team Launch and to presenting a team that is more motivated and focussed than ever. I can’t wait to share this with you, and I hope that everyone will pull together to support the ParalympicsGB team as we gear up to Sochi.

The 2014 Winter Paralympic Games represent a huge opportunity for everyone involved in winter sport - 57 days and counting!

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