The nine-seat Ford Transit Tourneo will be used by athletes of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST) to transport them and their equipment around the Alps during events this coming winter.
Ski race coaching is offered to serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans with a permanent disability by registered charity CSDST. Members and participants were injured during active service, with some that have signed up to the CSDST double amputees.
Members of the CSDST covered nearly 30,000 miles last year in their Tourneo people mover. The team managed to win international gold and bronze medals in a variety of events.
The team will train in Austria this season before January’s Army competitions, based in France. February’s World Championships in Spain follow. A number of CSDST participants have already been selected for the British Disabled Ski Team, with a view to representing their nation during Russia’s 2014 Winter Paralympics.
Colonel Nick Wills OBE, CSDST chairman, said: “Ford’s provision of another Transit Tourneo this year is vital to our success as a ski team and as a charity.
“The vehicle enables us to move disabled skiers and their equipment all over Europe for training and competitions, and without it we would struggle to provide these opportunities for disabled service men and women.”
Ford of Britain product manager for Transit, David Petts, added: “Ford is very pleased to again assist the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team. The huge amount of effort from the team’s trainers, and by team members themselves, is a great inspiration.”
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