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Anna Turney

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Family
Husband Peter Walford
Residence
Warwick, ENG
Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Sociology - University of Bristol: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She grew up snowboarding and dreamed of snowboard racing for Great Britain, until the 2006 accident in Japan that left her paralysed from the waist down. While in hospital, she was inspired by the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin and began mono-skiing the following year.
Why this sport?
After her injury she was determined to get back on the slopes. Soon after taking up mono-skiing in 2007 she was fast-tracked into the British Disabled Ski Team. Within three years she competed at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, a goal she had set herself while she had been in hospital. "Focusing on sport has helped me get my life back on track after a life-changing accident."

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Hobbies
Wheelchair basketball, handcycling. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her family and husband Peter. "I now have some minor movements in my legs. I’m pretty sure if it had not been for my family and Peter egging me on, I would not have achieved what I have done," she said in 2012. (dailymail.co.uk, 31 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love the rush and life would be meaningless without some mountains to race down." (annaturney.com, 25 Jan 2013)
Other sports
She competed in snowboarding prior to her accident. She was also part of the Great Britain triathlon development squad. (youtube.com, 03 Oct 2008; kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk, 15 Nov 2010; VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
In 2006 while snowboarding in Japan she overshot a 30-foot tabletop jump and broke her back. (youtube.com, 03 Jan 2008)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She has retired from competitive sport. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Jan 2015)

HUSBAND AND PHYSIO
She met her husband, physiotherapist Peter Walton, while on a rehabilitation course in the Lake District. "Because Peter is a physiotherapist he obviously understood what I was going through physically. But it wasn’t just that, it didn’t take me long to discover he was an amazing person." (dailymail.co.uk, 31 Jan 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Final Round 6
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-20 8
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 4
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 4
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Women's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-10 4
Women's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 6
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 8