Our Training Weekend

By Candy Wragg, Head of Delegation

The second training weekend for our 2013 GB Team was held at Chill Factor in Manchester. Chill Factor is one of the newer indoor ski slopes in the UK, and all our skiers and coaches were very impressed with the slope and its facilities – for skiers and spectators.

Corporate volunteer Rob Powell from CMS Cameron McKenna joined the team in Manchester for the first time. Rob will be part of our team supporting PR and he immediately bonded with the whole team – we all welcome you to the team Rob and look forward to getting to know you better!

After a good morning on the slope we had a light lunch in the bar that overlooks the slope. Training continued again after lunch.

We then headed to a Premier Inn in central Manchester. After a shower all the team members came down wearing their GB Team Tracksuits and looked proud as punch!
Keith and Shaun chatted to individual skiers about their training and goals. We then headed to a traditional Korean restaurant (Seoul Kimchi) for dinner.

This was recommended to us by Chung Hee who has supported the team in many ways over the past months. We had an excellent evening and everyone enjoyed the food and the warm welcome that we received at the restaurant.

Sunday morning we were back at Chill Factor for another day of training – this time we were able to use poles for race training. Brian Roberts from National Grid joined us on the slopes to take photos – as well as taking great individual shots on the balcony he also took some brilliant pictures on the slope – many thanks Brian.

John May from Lions Clubs International (MD105) was able to spend two or three hours with us during the day and had a chance to chat to families, athletes and coaches. We are extremely grateful for the support that Lions plan to give to our families.
All the families started to arrive late morning and we had lunch together – in the afternoon, when the skiers went back on the slopes, I chatted to the families about all the preparations for the WWG13.

It was a very successful weekend, and gave us all a chance to train hard and get to know each other better.
Many thanks to all the coaches for giving up their time, and also to all the parents for their support.

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About Special Olympics Great Britain

We are the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with learning disabilities. We are part of the Olympic Family, so we are usually mistaken with the Paralympic Games, but we are very different. Special Olympics involves more that just a few days of games once or twice a year. In reality, both sport training and competition happens throughout the year, every year. The Paralympic Games is for elite (professional) athletes only, whereas Special Olympics is open to all people with learning disabilities.
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2 Responses to Our Training Weekend

  1. Steve Ratheram says:

    Good luck every one, you all look the part and will all ski your hearts out, well done for being selected, you have all earned it

  2. FLEUR O'DONOHUE says:

    Hi Good Luck to the Ski.ing team fron Fleur O’Donohue

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