TeamOrangeSki are a visually impaired ski racing team representing Great Britain on the European Circuit of Para-Alpine skiing. The team consists of visually impaired athlete Michael Kear (Edinburgh) and guide Louise Harrison (Lancashire).
TeamOrangeSki were invited to join the British Parasnowsport development squad in November 2015. Over the seasons Michael has continuously trained and raced to increase his World Para Alpine Skiing (WPAS) ranking. He is qualified and competes on the Europa Cup series and is now looking to qualify for the 2019 World Championships and promotion to the World Cup circuit during the upcoming season.
The ultimate goal of the team is to represent Great Britain at a Winter Games. We have our sights set on Beijing 2022.
Your generous donations have so far resulted in:
1x WPAS Bronze (Slalom)
1x Swiss Champs Bronze (Slalom)
2x Silver British Champs (Slalom, Giant Slalom)
1x WPAS Gold (Slalom)
3x Europa Cup Silver (Slalom, Giant Slalom)
2x WPAS Bronze (Super Combi, Slalom)
2x Europa Cup Silver (Super G, Giant Slalom)
1x Silver British Champs (Giant Slalom)
World Ranking (March 2018):
20th in Slalom
23rd in Giant Slalom
20th in Super G
16th in Super Combined
To continue their journey and fulfill their potential, Mike and Louise need your help. Almost everything that TeamOrangeSki does is self-funded apart from help received from Disability Snowsport UK, Get Kids Going and Sports Aid.
To give an idea of costs, the average season spend is £25,000.
Therefore any donation received will be greatly appreciated by the team and will go towards funding travel, accommodation and equipment as well as training and race fees for both athletes (full breakdown available).
If you would like to follow our progress and see where your donations take us, please like us @TeamOrangeSki on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.