Andy Barlow

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Family
Sons Cam and Owen
Residence
Denmead, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in 2008 in Bavaria, Germany.
Why this sport?
"Skiing chose me. I was part of the first disabled sports programme set up by the British Military. I skied for two weeks and attended for the following four years, only skiing two weeks a year. [In 2015] I started racing."
Club / Team
Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team: Great Britain
Name of coach
Adam Coulson

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Sailing, parachuting, kayaking. (portsmouth.co.uk, 07 Dec 2014)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal, and his children. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Skiing is freedom and one of the few sports where disability is left at the bottom of the chair and success is made on the hill." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In December 2013 he received the George Medal, awarded for acts of bravery in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. (helpforheroes.org.uk, 12 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in sailing for the British Army Offshore Race Team. (portsmouth.co.uk, 07 Dec 2014; helpforheroes.org.uk, 11 Aug 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and to promote the film 'Kajaki', which tells the story of how he and other soldiers became trapped in an unmarked minefield. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated above the knee after he stepped on a landmine serving in the British Army in Afghanistan in September 2006. The incident occurred while he was trying to assist two wounded colleagues. "I was on my own trying to look after these two guys in the middle of a minefield, but you could hardly move in case you set off another mine. I flapped at first, then the training kicked in. They were getting seriously dehydrated and I called for a water bottle to be thrown down to me. I caught the first. Then I called for a second. It hit my hand and fell on the floor. I stood up to reach it and bang, the next thing I was on the floor. You don't hear the bang. All I felt was the shock wave going through my body. About 30 seconds later I looked down and my left foot had disappeared. Then the pain kicked in. I never saw my foot again. It simply vanished." (portsmouth.co.uk, 07 Dec 2014)
Other information
ARMY
He joined the British Army in 2003 and served with the 1st and 2nd Battalions the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers until his accident in 2006. (oneskee.com, 2010)