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Jane Sowerby

Jane Sowerby

Winter Paralympics Vancouver 2010

Heron Lake Competition

Disabled skiers at Heron Lake, the home of the British Disabled Water-ski & Wakeboard Association (BDWWA) often enquire about my S-MAX and role as Motability Ambassador, so the annual competition seemed like the obvious event to work with Ford on. Trust Ford Staines agreed to sponsor the competition this year and were able to display three vehicles on-site, along with providing experts to discuss any questions people might have about the Motability scheme.

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Lake Fun for Kids with Disabilities

Lake Fun for Kids with Disabilities

There is nothing that puts a smile on my face more than seeing the joy adaptive sport can bring to others. It’s the whole reason we founded the charity, Access Adventures. So far, we have only been able to deliver camps for adults, but this year were in a position to host our first under-18s event. It was definitely a success, and my smile was a little wider than usual!

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Jane in black Ford Focus

Adaptive ski camp

Adaptive skiing totally turned things around for me after my accident, it made me smile again and realise that anything is possible. No other sport I’ve tried since brings anywhere near the sense of freedom skiing does. So I was desperate to offer a camp to enable others to get the same enjoyment, but was also aware of what a challenge this would be.

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Kites by the sea

Cape Town and Kitesurfing

Time for another adventure!  South Africa has long been on my bucket list, so Cape Town seemed like a perfect choice.  I’d heard such great things and immediately fell in love with the place. A country girl at heart, I’m not usually a fan of big cities, but Cape Town has been designed with so much green space that it doesn’t feel like you’re in a city half the time.  The iconic Table Mountain is a constant dominating presence, looming over you in the background.

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 The Big Event

Motability – The Big Event

Speaking as a disabled driver, you can’t beat an event that enables you to check out a huge range of cars, all under one fully accessible roof. The Big Event in Manchester hosts the largest display in the UK of vehicles available on the Motability scheme, as well as having an impressive number of adapted cars to test drive.

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Magical Malawi

Magical Malawi

I’ve been aware of the amazing work that the charity Motivation do for some time, and when the opportunity to be involved with a project of theirs in Malawi came up, I was excited to take part.

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Asia – The Ultimate Wheelchair Challenge

Asia – The Ultimate Wheelchair Challenge

I haven’t been properly ‘travelling’ in the backpacker sense for a good few years now, so decided it was about time I went somewhere I’d never been before for a bit of an adventure. Asia has long been on my hit list; Vietnam & Cambodia ended up being the countries that made the cut. I’ve just returned, and what a fantastic experience it was!

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Rocky Mountain Road Trip

Rocky Mountain Road Trip

This was the sunrise that greeted us in Aspen, Colorado. Unbelievable. I feel so lucky to witness such a beautiful site. I’ve never skied in Aspen before as it has a reputation for being exclusive to the rich and famous, with emphasis on the rich! Someone we know had a contact with one of the major hotel chains out in America though, so managed to get us an irresistible deal on a room for the night. This gave us the chance to go on a little road trip.

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Magical Northern Lights

The Magical Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights has been a long standing leader on my ‘bucket list’. The spectacular natural phenomenon has interested me for years, and after reading that we’re currently in the liveliest phase of the solar cycle for 10 years, I decided it was about time to stop talking about it and actually do it.

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Jane Sowerby

Back Up Multi-Activity Course

The Lake District is one of my favourite places in the UK, and Back Up is one of my favourite charities. So how could combining the two not make me happy?

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Getting over winter blues

Getting over winter blues

I’m now out in Colorado and have thrown myself back into skiing. I originally came out at the beginning of the season but flew back to the UK after a few days as a very close friend died suddenly.

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London 2012 Paralympics

London 2012 Paralympics

What an incredible Paralympic Games London 2012 gave us – definitely the biggest and best so far, and I’m convinced that the ‘inspire a generation’ slogan will be achieved.

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Robotic walking

Robotic walking

This is a great opportunity for people to test drive vehicles fitted with hand controls. This event is enjoyable for me as I’m able to chat with a wide variety of people and try to answer any questions/concerns they may have related to disability and mobility.

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Devon Coast to Coast handbike ride

Devon Coast to Coast handbike ride

On 24th April I finally returned to the UK after an incredible, but very full-on season. So after five months of hard work it was time for a rest, right? Wrong!

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Transition from ski racing to ski coaching, 2012

Transition from ski racing to ski coaching, 2012

The 2011/12 ski season was a really important one for me, with some tough decisions to make, resulting in deciding to retire from full-time competitive ski racing. This is mainly due to the fact that I’ve struggled to come back to the top after a couple of injuries.

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Winter weather doesn’t dampen water-skiing spirits!

Winter weather doesn’t dampen water-skiing spirits!

The British Disabled Water Ski Association is based at Heron Lake, which has been almost like a second home to me over the last few summers.

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Frozen forest in the mountains

Ice, powder and electric shocks!

Looking out of the window of my little apartment I can see snow falling heavily – a heavenly sight! I’ve been in Colorado since mid-November, where I’m training with the National Sports Centre for the Disabled in Winter Park.

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Working hard but still having fun

Working hard but still having fun

This summer has been a bit of a whirlwind, but an enjoyable whirlwind! Unfortunately, the British Disabled Ski Team had some pretty major funding cuts, so I needed to find a job to earn some pennies before on-snow training starts again.

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Back on track – gold medal at the North American races!

Back on track – gold medal at the North American races!

Wow, it’s been a busy few months! I’ve been on snow since the middle of October; I went out to train on Hintertux Glacier in Austria earlier than usual to try to make up for some of the lost time last season when I was out due to injury. 

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Kicking off the 2010-11 season

Kicking off the 2010-11 season

After missing the majority of last season due to injury, I was determined to make the most of this one. I started slowly, trying to rebuild my confidence on the slopes. After all, I've got four years until the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi – plenty of time to improve and, hopefully, hit top form just at the right time.

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New car, New Zealand, New challenges

New car, New Zealand, new challenges

I was honoured when asked to become a Ford Motability Ambassador and to take on the challenge of promoting the benefits of Ford Motability. My introduction to the Ford family was at the Motability Roadshow in Gloucestershire, where I had the chance to talk to other disabled motorists about the Motability scheme and their options.

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Back from injury in nick of time for Winter Paralympics

Back from injury in the nick of time for the Winter Paralympics

So, it’s official – I’ve been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver! Everything I’ve worked so hard for over the last few years has been recognised. I’ve achieved my goal of making the GB Paralympic Team. 

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Winter Paralympics Vancouver 2010

Winter Paralympics Vancouver 2010

The opening ceremony was definitely one of the highlights of the games for me – it’s hard to express the incredible atmosphere in words, but it was an experience that I’ll never forget. We travelled down in a huge convoy of buses to Vancouver, complete with police escort; as we approached the stadium the excitement was practically overflowing. 

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