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A lesson in teamwork

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"I’ve been told I’m in the top half percentile of blind skiers, good enough to learn how to race," he says. "But it means finding someone willing to work with me and spend the time in training and preparation. Split seconds really matter and if you are short of a gate or miss a gate, there goes your time and chances."

In the meantime, Tildesley says he is working on getting his weight forward over his skis to improve his technique – just like any regular skier. He believes not enough disabled people take up the opportunities that exist to learn to ski and hopes that word gets out, because skiing means freedom.

"Just putting on those skis, grabbing the poles and being told where to go, just going for it, and flying. It’s an amazing feeling and hard to describe, but I think anyone that’s skied fast on nice groomed runs on a sunny day will know it’s a wonderful experience." He pauses and grins.

"Plus most of the instructors are young women at the Adaptive Ski Program, so that’s another reason I like it."