Congratulations to Scott Meenagh who officially became Britain’s first Para Nordic skier to compete at a Paralympic Games for 20 years at the weekend.
On Saturday, he finished the 7.5km biathlon in 18th place and a time of 27:28.1in just his first ever Paralympic race.
Speaking to ParalympicsGB, Scott said: “It feels amazing, absolutely incredible. Racing out there was such a buzz today, there was a different energy.
“It’s so different at a Paralympics and to be there with some of the best people in the world was an absolute privilege and it brought another level out of me today.
“Everything was different. Even away from the start line every single person there has been working for four years for this.
“Every person is bringing their A-game and no one is going to have an off day, everybody is out there with an absolute hunger and it is incredible to be part of and I was buzzing the whole way around.
“Four years ago Paralympic sport just seemed like another level but I made a small promise to myself in Sochi that I’d be on the other side of the fence. I didn’t want to be a spectator.
“I’ve achieved that now and I’m incredibly proud of myself. It’s been a hard journey and I’ve had to take the hard road time and time again but the biggest lessons are the journey and we’ve done incredible to be here.
“I skied aggressively. I came here to ski hard and aggressive. I’m fairly happy with the way that I skied. I dropped a couple of shots on each round which, in my eyes, is not acceptable.
“However, it was my first time and shooting conditions were changing all the time today so we’ll go back and reassess.
“But I won’t be too hard on myself today because that was a huge milestone on my journey.
“For the rest of the Games, I am hoping for more of the same. I want to ski with a lot of intent and ski smart. It was my first ever time at a Paralympics Games today so hopefully I’ll be a little bit calmer next time.”
Scott Meenagh was back in action on the 15km cross-country on Sunday, finishing 17th– narrowly missing out on 16th after a sprint to the line. He will compete in four more events this week
Thursday 15 March 2018Athletes on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme have continued their education in PyeongChang on what it take to be a successful elite athlete.
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