Paralympian Jade Etherington to decide if her future is on the slopes

Jade Etherington visits Deeping School EMN-140104-122531001
Jade Etherington visits Deeping School EMN-140104-122531001
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Jade Etherington admits she and guide Caroline Powell are set for showdown talks as the pair decide whether to continue their record-breaking partnership on the slopes.

Etherington, who grew up in Bourne and whose family still live in the town, made history with Powell this year, becoming the most successful British women in the history of the Winter Paralympics with three silvers and a bronze in Sochi in March.

Since then Etherington, who is visually impaired, and Powell have enjoyed their success and promoted Paralympic sport across the country – although this has mostly been done separately.

Powell has also been busy finishing her ski instructor qualification while Etherington has got plans in place to complete her teacher training this September.

They had a much overdue catch-up while on holiday in Greece but Etherington admits their future on the snow remains much less certain than their individual plans.

“This will be the first long amount of time back together and we’re really looking forward to it,” said the 23-year-old before the holiday.

“Caroline has been busy doing her qualifications and we have been doing lots of events, going to school sports days and things so we’ve only seen each other a few times.

“We’ve gone from seeing each other every day in the build up to Sochi to hardly at all and I’ve really missed her. We haven’t decided what we are doing yet.

“We will obviously talk about it while we are away but I really don’t know at the minute – I have also got my teaching which I love.

“I’m into my final placement before I am fully qualified to teach geography at A-level and secondary school level. I’d love to do that too, the problem is I just want to do so many things.”

Indeed, former Deeping School pupil Etherington is not someone who likes to put her feet up often. She and Powell attended National Paralympic Day on Saturday, and after missing out last year as their preparations for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi ramped up, Etherington was eager to get stuck in at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Myself and Caroline have both been talking about it loads and it will be one of the few things we have actually done together since Sochi,” she said before the event.

“We were out training last year but it’s something I have always wanted to take part in. It will be really good to try out some other sports.

“I really want to have a go at goalball although you have to be quiet for that and that’s not something I’m very good at.

“It’s good that we can be there and talk about winter sports too. It’s all well and good talking on television but it makes such a difference being there talking to people, interacting and hopefully inspiring people that way.”