Skiers’ dry run for Italian dream trip

Olympic disabled skiers took to the slopes recently to prepare for a trip of a lifetime to the Italian pistes and raise funds to make it come true.

Exeter Adaptive Ski Club is planning to run the journey next year for its members, whose special needs mean it won’t be cheap. “Their costs are far higher than for an able-bodied skier,” said club organiser John Redwood. “Fundraising is vital to ensure the trip remains affordable for all our skiers, regardless of their income group.”

Helping them in their quest is bespoke furniture manufacturer Crown Sports Lockers, who presented John and club members with a cheque at Exeter Dry Ski Slope, their regular training spot, to bring the dream trip that little bit closer.

All funds raised go to support participants, John stressed, “as our guides and helpers are all volunteers and meet their own costs.”

Two of the club’s skiers struck gold at the 2016 Special Olympics in Austria and they hope to emulate that in future. “Training on snow in 2018 will help us to achieve their ambition,” John said.