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Beijing 2022: GB Team Boss congratulates athletes

Winter Paralympic great Britain team
Winter Paralympic great Britain team Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Great Britain finished in 14th place at the Beijing Winter Paralympics with six medals with 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.

Their wins have been congratulated by GB chef de mission and team boss Phil Smith.

"The next four years looks exciting for winter Para-sport in Britain," said Smith.

"I think the last two winter Games in Vancouver, Sochi and Pyeongchang have established us as a force to be reckoned with.

"We now haven't just got one or two athletes who can challenge for medals in one or two events. We have lots of athletes across lots of events. That depth and breadth has been brilliant to see and it bodes well for the future."

Neil Simpson won gold in the men’s Super-G vision impaired event, Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick won silver in the Women’s downhill vision impaired and Women’s Super-G vision impaired respectively.

Bronze medals went to Menna Fitzpatrick [Alpine Skiing – Women’s Super-G vision impaired], Millie Knight [Alpine Skiing – Women’s super-combined, vision impaired], Neil Simpson [Alpine Skiing – Men’s super-combined, vision impaired] and Ollie Hill [Men’s banked slalom].

"We never felt we would be defined by the number of medals we won," he said. "Given the backdrop of what has happened over the last two years and the emergence of China, there was so much more around the performance of the team than medals.

"We thought this was our most competitive ever team going out and had more opportunities to challenge the rest of the world in more sports, and that is how played out.

"What we have done this week is laid down a marker for the next four years.

"It has been a privilege to be part of the team and I'm proud of every athlete."

Paralympic Committee president Andre Parsons paid tribute to all the athletes at Sunday’s closing ceremony, especially those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

"During the darkest of times, your performances shone brightly. As beacons of hope, and champions for peace, your actions spoke way louder than words," he said.

"In the Paralympic Villages there were different nations, different views, different abilities. Differences here did not divide us. They united us. Together for a shared future."

China topped the leader board at the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022 with 61 medals.