Owen Pick ready to make history at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 January 2018

Owen Pick snowboarder from Barton Mills, named as a member of the ParalympicGB Alpine team consisting of Skiers & Snowboarders. The nine team members were named and 7 were presented to the press at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Paul Sanwell/O P Photographic

Owen Pick snowboarder from Barton Mills, named as a member of the ParalympicGB Alpine team consisting of Skiers & Snowboarders. The nine team members were named and 7 were presented to the press at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Paul Sanwell/O P Photographic

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Snowboarder set for South Korea

Owen Pick will be taking to the snow of South Korea after being selected to represent Paralympics GB at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics.

The 26-year-old Barton Mills-based competitor will create history as Britain will be represented in the snowboard events at the Paralympic Games for the first time.

The sport made its debut in Sochi in 2014, and has two medal events, the snowboard cross and banked slalom.

Pick was injured in Afghanistan while serving in the Army in 2010, and took up snowboarding on a trip to Colorado.

His first adaptive race was in 2014, and he was soon part of the British squad, taking seventh place at the 2015 X Games.

And last year, Pick earned his first world championship medal, taking silver in the banked slalom behind Finland’s Matti Sur-Hamari in Big White, Canada.

“It’s awesome that my sport is getting the profile at the Paralympic Winter Games and I feel honoured to be among the first British athletes competing in snowboard,” said Pick.

“It’s been a good season so far, we’re getting faster and challenging for medals and I can’t wait to get out to Pyeongchang and race the best in the world.”

Penny Briscoe, the Chef de Mission for Paralympics GB, said: “It is very exciting to start the year by announcing the first athletes who will represent Paralympics GB at Pyeongchang 2018.

“Sochi 2014 was an historic Games for us, but the incredible performance of these athletes throughout this cycle shows that there is so much to look forward to when the Games begin in March.”

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are taking place from March 9 to 18.

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