The Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (AFPST) has gone from strength to strength this year, with growth in the foundation teams and truly impressive performances on the world stage. The charity is run by volunteers, and exists to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans. It does this through the medium of adaptive Alpine skiing, snowboarding and Nordic skiing, providing a winter sports focus for adaptive athletes to regain their spirit of challenge, competition and achievement. Importantly, the charity also offers veterans the chance to form strong friendships with others who have shared similar experiences, fostering a familiar sense of military camaraderie. AFPST runs a year-round program of snow events for all levels, and has strong links with many Service charities.
Paralympic qualification for Pyeongchang 2018 has become a reality for several of our athletes. As we approach the end of the summer season, it marks the beginning of an exciting year ahead! There is flexibility in the structure of each team and athletes who show ability and determination often find themselves competing after little time on snow. Receiving no public funding, the team relies on donations, sponsors and fundraising from the military and general public.