Nick in PyeongChang

Professor Nick Webborn has been involved with the British Paralympic Association for over 25 years as a medical officer. Having been elected in 2017 as president of the association, he attended the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang as head of the British delegation.
The 2018 Winter Paralympic Games proved to be the most successful ever for a British paralympic team with 17 athletes competing across five sports and returning with a total of seven medals, all from Alpine skiing. Nick was most delighted to be able to see one of his former patients competing.
Nick met local boy James Whitley (pictured below) when he was just eight years old helping him to recover from a horrific boating accident. During the period of James’ rehabilitation, it became clear that James was a keen ski racer even at that young age and so Nick introduced him to the concept of competing in Winter Paralympic sports.  The following year he gave it a try and the rest, as they say, is history.  James finished 10th in the downhill and slalom in a very competitive field and he was absolutely delighted with his results and is looking forward to improving on this in Beijing in 2022.
The last of the GB medals was won by Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe winning gold in the slalom with the final run of the British athlete on the last day of competition!  Great Britain also competed in Para snowboard for the very first time and in Nordic skiing for the first time since the Nagano games, twenty years ago – Nick’s first Winter Games!  GB were represented by para athlete Scott Meenagh who was injured by an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Nick also knew Scott through the Invictus games.  Scott competed in Toronto in 2017 where Nick was the Chief Medical Officer. It’s a small world!

James Whitley

James Whitley

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