Six athletes and a coach have been selected to be part of the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PIP) here at Pyeongchang 2018.
It comes as part of a continued partnership between the BPA and Help for Heroes, a charity which aims to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.
The list of athletes attending the PIP at Pyeongchang 2018 comprises Para-Alpine skiers Alex Slegg and Dan Sheen, Para-Nordic skier John Huntington, wheelchair curler John Doyle, Para-canoeist Jen Warren and wheelchair tennis player Cornelia Oosthuzien.
They will be joined by Para-Alpine skiing coach Michael Roberts.
The initiative, which was first launched for London 2012, gives developing athletes and coaching staff the opportunity to experience several days at a Paralympic Games.
It aims to provide the athletes with knowledge that will prepare them for a future Games as a selected athlete, as well as inspire and excite potential future Paralympians in their ambitions.
"At Pyeongchang 2018 we will have four alumni of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme competing at their first Paralympic Games," Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the BPA, said.
"I’m delighted to see this initiative continue as we know what a valuable opportunity for learning this experience provides to aspiring athletes.
"We want them to feel motivated from their time in Pyeongchang and to leave the Games with the understanding of what they need to do to achieve their own individual goals in sport.
"I would also like to thank Help for Heroes for their invaluable contribution to the Pyeongchang Programme to provide athletes with the opportunity to benefit from this experience."
Former athletes to have benefited from the PIP include Jade Etherington, who took part during London 2012 and went on to win three silver and one bronze medal in Para-Alpine skiing at Sochi 2014.
Scott Meenagh also got his first taste of winter sport at Sochi 2014, as part of the programme, and is set to become Britain's first Nordic skier at a Winter Paralympics in 20 years.
In Pyeongchang, the athletes will look to understand the scale and scope of the Games, and experience the multi-sport environment.
They will also learn about several aspects of a Paralympic Games, including the Village, the media spotlight and mixed zone, and the crucial operations and logistics which support ParalympicsGB.
Additionally, there will be a curriculum that the participants will undertake, with lessons about nutrition, media, anti-doping, competition planning and goal setting, as well as the expectation that they will keep up with their current training programmes.
Athletes were nominated by their national governing body based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to being on a development pathway, with an anticipated performance trajectory for the Tokyo 2020 or Beijing 2022 Paralympics.
The PIP forms part of the existing BPA and Help for Heroes partnership, which aims to support military athletes into sports pathways and is based on a shared belief in the power of recovery through sport.
"Sport plays a big part in the recovery journey for our veterans and service personnel who have been wounded, injured or sick as a result of their service," Jayne Kavanagh, Help for Heroes’ performance pathway manager, said.
"It gives them a second chance at life and enables them to regain their purpose and sense of confidence.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the BPA to deliver this fantastic Programme.
"It is our hope that this experience will inspire and empower our Paralympic Inspiration Programme athletes to dedicate themselves to their training in order to achieve their dreams of competing in future Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
"We encourage anyone that might want to try sport for the first time post injury to be inspired by these athletes and they too could experience the power of sport in their day to day lives."