Etherington wins prestigious award

Jade Etherington visits Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-140204-112440001
Jade Etherington visits Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-140204-112440001

Multi-Paralympic medalist Jade Etherington has been honoured with the The Ski Club of Great Britain’s highest award in recognition for her record-breaking performances for Great Britain at Sochi 2014.

Partially sighted skier Etherington, 23, from Bourne was awarded the Pery Medal at a presentation at the Wimbledon Village Clubhouse on Wednesday last week.

The former Deepings School pupil and her guide Caroline Powell were recognised alongside Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Jones and Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evan.

This is only the second time that the Ski Club has awarded more than one Pery Medal and follows the sensational on snow success at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

It was Great Britain’s most successful Olympics for 90 years and most successful Winter Games ever for Paralympics GB, winning six medals, four of which were won by Etherington who claimed three silvers and a bronze during a magical championships.

Etherington and Powell claimed silver in the women’s visually impaired downhill skiing, combined and slalom, and bronze in the Super G.

The stunning performance saw Etherington become the most successful female British Winter Paralympian of all time.

Before Etherington jetted out to Russia she told the Mercury that she hoped to inspire other people to challenge themselves and take up winter sports. According to Ski Club chairman Rob Crowder she and her fellow Olympians have done exactly that.

He said: “The performances from all the athletes at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics has been nothing short of sensational and they have really raised the level awareness and interest in winter sports in the UK.

“The Ski Club’s Information team, BDST (British Disabled Ski Team), DSUK (Disability Snowsports UK) and Ski2Freedom have all reported an unprecedented number of enquiries from new possible athletes and beginner skiers and snowboarders who have been inspired to find out more because of the Games, and Britain’s snow domes and beginner courses have seen a surge in interest and uptake. It is an exciting time for winter sports and we at the Ski Club are proud to recognise such deserving athletes.”