The next generation of elite skiing hopefuls send heartfelt messages of support to Paralympic skier Jade Etherington, who is one of just seven skiing athletes to represent ParalympicsGB in Sochi.
They are following in Jade’s ski tracks as they are learning to ski with Snowbizz in the French resort of Puy St Vincent, just like Jade did when she was eight years old.
The Cambridgeshire-based company is one of Jade’s personal sponsors and they are thrilled to see the progress of one of their star pupils through to the highest level of disability sport.
“It’s very exciting to be following Jade” said Wendy Lyotier, who with husband Michel founded Snowbizz 27 years ago. “We will be watching all her events on television and cheering her on.”
Jade, who turns 23 this month, is from Lincolnshire and is visually impaired. She skis with guide Caroline Powell, a former British ski racer, and together they compete in alpine skiing, slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill events.
She said: “Snowbizz is a great company and has supported me from the beginning where I learnt to ski when I was eight and throughout my trials for the development team and now onto the World Class programme.”
You can read Jade’s Snowbizz blog at http://snowbizz.co.uk/blog/2013/11/08/introducing-jade-etherington-2/