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Hope Gordon to compete in 2022 World Para Snow Sports Championships

Good luck to paracanoe athlete and 2021 World Championship silver medallist Hope Gordon, who is set to compete in the 2022 World Para Snow Sports Championships, taking on the Para Cross-Country after competing in the sport over the winter.

Hope Gordon

After a successful 2021 canoeing season which culminated in Hope winning two silver medals at the World Championships, including the women’s VL3 which has recently been announced for Paris 2024, the Rogart athlete is preparing to make her World Championship debut in the winter sport after first taking on the event just five months ago.

Hope has been part of the British Canoeing World Class Programme for over three years and shone on the international stage in that time, narrowly missing out on a medal in his first international season before claiming two emphatic World Championship silver medals in Copenhagen through the women’s KL3 and VL3 in 2021.

As soon as those World Championships came to an end, Hope was presented with the opportunity to try Para Cross-Country and was training in this new sport just a week after her canoeing season had ended.

Months of training and a World Cup race later, Hope will be part of an 18-strong squad competing in Lillehammer, Norway between 8-23 January.

Speaking ahead her World Championships debut about how she first got into the sport, Hope said:

“I first got into the sport through a friend of mine, Scott Meenagh who’s been on the team for quite a while and went to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Paralympic Games. He’s been telling me for years that he thinks I would enjoy the sport.

“The more I thought about it, the more I thought it could really benefit my canoeing and training to make the boat go faster. I spoke to my coach Matt Lawrence about it and he was super supportive and here we are. It is early days to see what the benefit will be to my paddling but I definitely think there will be. It is really exciting and a fun journey to be on. I am still a beginner and it is cool."

I first got on the snow in October where I had a three day crash course in learning how to ski in a tunnel in Germany. I spent six days in Norway at the start of November and then went to Canada and raced a World Cup.

– Hope Gordon

“When you don’t training on snow there are provisions to train on land, and I first got on that three days after the paracanoe World Championships in Denmark.”

Having first taken up the sport to help benefit her paddling going forwards, Hope has since raced on the international stage and is relishing her first season in the sport.

I’m loving it so far. Everything is different, different courses, racing competitors without lanes. There’s so many aspect, both physically and technically. My first World Cup was an experience and a learning curve. I fell over quite a few times in the races but that is part of the sport. It was cool to race and get a feel for what the sport is all about.

– Hope Gordon

“As much as I feel this can benefit my paddling, my paddling is also benefiting my racing on the snow too, particularly with having strength in my arms. It’s all really early days but I am looking forward to competing at my first World Championships to see where that takes me but also looking forward to getting back in the boat too ahead of an exciting 2022 season in paracanoe.”