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Turney relishes big occasion; SOCHI PARALYMPICS.

HAVING gone to sample the experience four years ago, Warwick seated skier Anna Turney admits she heads out to the Sochi Paralympics as a completely different athlete this time around.

The 34-year-old made her Winter Games bow in Vancouver 2010 finishing an impressive sixth just four years after breaking her back.

Since then she has been busy working her way up the rankings, with an impressive season this year seeing her record top-three finishes in Canada, USA and Austria before being announced in the seven-strong Great Britain Paralympics ski team last month.

The oldest member in the team and certainly no stranger to the big occasions now, Turney's second tilt at Paralympics glory at the Games starts tomorrow morning in the women's downhill.

And while she is much more of a household name in skiing circles this time around, the skier believes she is better prepared for the big occasion.

"I went to the Vancouver Winter Paralympics in 2010 and finished sixth in the slalom which was a massive achievement," said Turney. "I was ranked 16th so it was a lot better than I was predicted to do.

"I had only been skiing for two and a half years, and so I was sent to Vancouver for experience whereas this time I am a much more experienced athlete, I'm now competing in World Cups, with all the different disciplines.

"It is completely different this time around, I guess there is more pressure now, I'm at a very different level in my career.

"It is just amazing to be part of the Paralympics. It's such a huge multisport event, it's a great experience and I can't wait. I'm just aiming to go out and ski fast and be a real competitor."

The skiers are joined by the wheelchair curling team as Great Britain chase a target of between two and five medals.

Sainsbury's is a proud long-term supporter of the British Paralympic Association and a champion of inclusive sport for all. For more information on Sainsbury's commitment to inclusive sport visit: www.Sainsburys.co.uk/ activekids
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Mar 7, 2014
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