Winter Paralympics: Ski star Brennan won’t give up on Sochi selection

Mick Brennan
Mick Brennan
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Mick Brennan is the first to admit that his road to Sochi has been bumpier than most but the disabled skier will not give up on selection just yet.

After losing both his legs in a bomb blast while a soldier in the Royal Signals, the Bircotes man turned his attentions to sitting skiing in 2010 and a spot with Team GB at next month’s Winter Paralympics.

But last year put that into turmoil as a whole host of injuries has put the 34-year-old’s selection in serious jeopardy.

Having finally returned to the snow in November, Brennan insists he will fight all the way with the squad selected later this month.

“I have been on a long road through injuries this year,” said Brennan, who attended North Border Comprehensive.

“I broke my sternum in the World Championships in February and was out for five months.

“I had to go out to New Zealand with the team in August when I had only been back for two weeks, then in September I broke my wrist.

“I started rehabilitation on it and went back to get the all clear so I could go out with the team to Canada and the US but it was still broken so I’ve only actually done about two weeks worth of stuff since February.

“It’s very frustrating because not only does it put me behind everyone else in the team it puts me behind the rest of the world.

“I’m still coming back from injury and I’m not really fully fit to be competing but I am having to do it to get some race training in and get some ski fitness back.

“I am in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to selection and until then I will give 150 per cent. I’ve got to go out there to put myself in the best possible position to qualify.”

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