A big welcome to Snow Buddies UK
Hi, my name is Anna Turney
While recovering in hospital from spinal injuries, I decided to get back into sport after being inspired by the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Torino. The following year I took up mono skiing and in 2007 was accepted into the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST). Within a year I made my debut for the British team when I made my GB debut at the NORAM races in Canada. The next year I was competing at the highest level and was selected for Great Britain to compete in the 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in South Korea, finishing fourth in the giant slalom. In 2010 I was part of the Great Britain team that travelled to Vancouver to participate in my first Winter Paralympics. I stated in a 2014 interview that I was sent to the Games mainly to build my experience, but still managed a sixth place in the slalom when ranked only 16th. The next year I was back in the Great Britain team, this time at Sestriere, Italy competing at the 2011 World Championships. Although failing to finish in the sitting slalom, I finished fourth in the giant slalom. In the 2013 World Championship in La Molina, Spain, I was entered into four events, but failed to finish any. In 2014, I was selected for Paralympics GB for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. I failed to finish in the opening downhill on 8 March, falling on a course which I can only described as "pretty tough". I subsequently finished fourth in the super G, sixth in the slalom, and eighth in the grand slalom.
Snow Buddies UK helps skiers and snowboarders with disabilities, achieve their aspirations to ski or board on the open mountains, this has got to be beneficial to everyone with a disability.
At the time of writing Snow Buddies run well organised inclusive ski trips to La Plagne in France and Niederau in Austria. The trips cater for a broad spectrum of disabilities and skill levels. To ensure the trips are affordable to all they are heavily subsidised by fundraising events.
The benefits either as a beginner, improver or expert are far to numerous to list, but a few of the big benefits are;
Experiencing the fresh air, wide open slopes and beautiful scenery.
Improvement to physical and mental health.
Social engagement and making new friends
Read my story above to see what Mono skiing did for me.
Best Wishes Anna
WHO WE ARE
Everyone involved with Snow Buddies UK believes that those with disabilities should have the chance to participate in their chosen sport. Snow Buddies is a UK based charity set up to assist skiers and snowboarders with disabilities or a life changing illness, to participate in the winter sport of their choice. Snow Buddies are committed to levelling the playing field by overcoming all the Physical, Financial and Logistical barriers allowing skiers and snowboarders equal opportunities and freedom of choice, making it possible for everyone to participate in and enjoy the sport of their choice.
Tessier Mono and Duel skis available to help with your ski trip
Snow Buddies has a number of Tessier Tempo Mono Skis and piloted duel skis that are available for use in the Snow Domes of the UK of for holidays and trips abroad.
Each piece of equipment has cost Snow Buddies over £5000. All we ask for is a £200 donation.