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Jade Etherington - Britain's Greatest Winter Paralympian and Inspirational Speaker

Jade Etherington, 23 years old is not only the first person to win a medal in Alpine skiing but now Britain's Greatest Winter Paralympian ever. Jade Etherington, Alpine Skier is 4 x Paralympic medalist at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games her debut games in Downhill, Super-g, Super-combined and Slalom winning 3 x Silver and 1 Bronze for Great Britain.

Jade Etherington is visually impaired with 5% vision and her guide Caroline Powell worked together to achieve success since starting skiing together in just the August prior to the 2014 games. 

Jade Etherington - Britain's Greatest Winter Paralympian and Inspirational Speaker

Jade Etherington,   is not only the first person to win a medal in Alpine skiing but now Britain's Greatest Winter Paralympian ever. Jade Etherington, Alpine Skier is 4 x Paralympic medalist at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games her debut games in Downhill, Super-g, Super-combined and Slalom winning 3 x Silver and 1 Bronze for Great Britain.

Despite multiple surgical procedures as a child, Jade now has just 5% vision in each eye.

In 2009 Jade Etherington  joined the British Disabled Ski Team's Development Squad and skiing became something more than just a fun activity. In 2011 she began racing on the international circuit and in 2013 she enjoyed her breakthrough senior success taking bronze in the super-G event at the Alpine Skiing World Championships at La Molina in Spain.

In March 2014 Jade took the silver medal in the downhill event, becoming the first British woman ever to win a Winter Paralympics medal on snow. Over the next six days she added silver in the slalom, silver in the combined event and bronze in the super-G, becoming the most decorated British Winter Paralympian in history. 

In recognition of her achievements, Jade Etherington  was given the honour of acting as flag bearer for the Great Britain team at the closing ceremony.

Key messages 

Teamwork

Overcoming Adversity

Trust

Women in sport

Motivation – What it takes to become an elite athlete.

Jade Etherington  Motivational and Inspirational Speaker

‘Jade Etherington was fantastic at the NCS Graduation on Friday 4th September.  The young people thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her experiences during the Paralympics and during her teacher training. Jade’s speech was very heart warming and inspirational for all of the young people attending. Jade was great at handing out certificates, taking her time to personally congratulate each and everyone of the young people receiving their certificates. It was an absolute pleasure meeting Jade and we would love to work with her again’.

Georgia Kelly  NCS Programme Manager

Lincoln City FC Sport & Education Trust


“Jade was bubbly, entertaining and a great guest speaker.  She was an inspiration to all and we were delighted she could join us on our special day. We would not hesitate to recommend Jade to anybody looking for a guest speaker at their event.”

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

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