Paralympic Blind Skier Misses out 10 Mar 1998



Auckland Paralympian Sue Walker (B2 class), 27, and her ski guide Dave Gardiner, 29, missed out on a medal in the Women's Super G at the 1998 WInter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan, yesterday evening (NZ time).

The pair finished fourth for the second time in the Paralympic competitions. Walker and Gardiner were pipped at the post in the Downhill event three days ago. Walker has been partially sighted since birth. She says, "I'm a little disappointed we missed out on third place as we were so close." She was not familiar with her competition, as this is her first Paralympics. She remains optimistic about their chances for the upcoming events. "Dave and I are pleased to see we are up there with the best."

Cantabrian Rachael Battersby, 19, also missed out on a medal at her first Paralympics event, yesterday. She came 10th in the Women's Stand-up class Super G, but was pleased with her run. "I had known my competition before I got here and knew it would be hard going, but I'm pleased with my personal performance." Battersby had her paralysed arm amputated last year in order to ski better. She says she is enjoying both the racing and the atmosphere of her first Paralympics.

The next race for the New Zealand women is the Giant Slalom on the 12th March.

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