4 x Winter Olympian
Chemmy is a 4 x Winter Olympian, ranked of 8th in the World, 7 x British National Overall Champion and the only British skier to ever win a run in a World Cup. She is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest ever skiers.
Chemmy inspired a generation, and largely thanks to her, British Winter Sport athletes see medals in the Winter Olympics as a realistic and achievable goal. She now presents for the BBC on Ski Sunday, commentates on the World Cup Ski Series for Eurosport and has competed in ITV Dancing on Ice in 2012.
Chairman, Armed Forces Para-Snowsports Team (AFPST)
Brigadier Fred Hargreaves took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Armed Forces ParaSnowsport Team in November 2013. A serving Army officer, he has been a passionate mountaineer, skier and ski instructor (alpine, adaptive and ski touring), and for over ten years has been closely involved in many aspects of recovery and transition.
He is founder of Battle Back, the UK Ministry of Defence’s programme for aiding the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel by getting them back into sport and enabling them to regain an active lifestyle, and is also the lead Ministry of Defence Partner for the UK Invictus Games Delegation. He was awarded the OBE in 2009 for his work on Urgent Operational Requirements and contribution to the rehabilitation of our wounded Servicemen and women.
Army veteran and first double amputee snowboarder
Darren Swift was injured by an IRA bomb in May 1991 while serving with the Army’s Dog Unit in Belfast. He went through 18 months of recovery at Woolwich Hospital and Headley Court before being offered the chance to stay in the Army. Not keen on “plinky plonky desk work” he opted to be discharged in 1992. He went on a number of expeditions over the next few years, including canoe trips to the Arctic and a solo ‘trike ride’ around Iceland. After becoming one of the first ex-military amputee skydivers with Alistair Hodgson they won a gold medal at the 2003 British Championships.
“Swifty” then became an amputee snowboarding pioneer. “Again, I got; ‘You can’t snowboard, you’ve got no legs,’ but I drew a design for some bindings on a beer mat and eventually made it happen. Now I’m at my happiest screaming down a mountain, and have just came back from snowboarding in Colorado with Blesma,”
He has also had multiple successes as an actor, does TV and film extra work, and takes part in ‘casualty simulations’ in which he plays the role of an injured soldier to teach military and emergency service personnel how to respond in critical situations.
Swifty is now using his incredible story to inspire and motivate others in a new project devised by Blesma where injured servicemen and women are delivering talks to schools about overcoming adversity.
Deputy Infrastructure Service Manager, NHS Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust
Gary is an experienced Information Technology Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. He is skilled in Service Delivery, Technical Support, SIP Trunking, ITIL, and Servers. Gary is an experience information technology professional who graduated from University of Teesside.
Gary is currently the Deputy Infrastructure Delivery Manager at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust. Before this, he held various IT roles at Exeter City Council and Devon County Council.
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