Sensational Meenagh secures qualification for ParalympicsGB
We are delighted to confirm today that Scott Meenagh has been selected to ParalympicsGB for the Winter Games, the first athlete to represent in para Nordic skiing since Nagano 1998.
On his Games debut at PyeongChang 2018, Meenagh will represent ParalympicsGB in both cross country and biathlon.
Meenagh, who was injured whilst on active service in Afghanistan at the age of 21, was encouraged to try Para Nordic skiing after getting a taste of winter sport during Sochi 2014, which he experienced as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
Scott previously competed in Para rowing at an international level, however he made the switch to Nordic Skiing in March 2016.
Scott Meenagh said: “It’s an incredible feeling to know my name is on the team sheet and that I’m set to achieve my goal of representing Great Britain at a Paralympic Games. I can’t wait to get out to South Korea to compete and I’m determined to give my very best performance.
“I’ve totally fallen in love with this sport and I hope that I will encourage others to follow me so that we can develop Para Nordic skiing further for Beijing 2022.”
Penny Briscoe OBE, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Scott and I’d like to congratulate him on his selection to the team. He is a talented athlete who has made impressive progress since he started competing on snow and I look forward to cheering him on in South Korea.
“His development in the sport is also testament to the support and commitment from Help for Heroes and the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team and I’d like to thank them for their work to help get Scott to the start line in PyeongChang.”
Rowen Shepherd, Red Sky Management CEO, commented: “Scott has been on an incredible journey, and to make his first Paralympic Games less than 2 years after switching to the sport of Nordic Skiing is testament to his grit & determination. We couldn’t be prouder of him and look forward to watching him compete in Pyeongchang.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 9-18.