December 20 - Britain's Sean Rose (pictured) continued his impressive early-season form when he claimed a bronze medal in the slalom at the IPCAS European Cup in Kuhtai, Austria, his fourth of the season.

The former RAF Physical Training Instructor from Cambridgeshire, competing on a new sit ski, finished third behind Germany's Thomas Nolt and Martin Braxenthler's.

Rose said: "I had no idea how it would perform against the rest.

"It was a very strong world-class field, so I'm super excited to be up with these competitors so early in the season."

He was a little disappointed with his first run so went flat out to the finish on his second.

Rose said: "This could have resulted in a DNF (did not finish) but it turned out to be some of the best slalom skiing I have ever done.

"I watched the clock while some of the world's best completed their runs.

"Two crashed out and another two were not quick enough, leaving me sitting with the Germans in the top three."

Rose's performance was a further indication that the training trip the British skiers undertook to New Zealand in August along with the other daily work they are doing is beginning to pay dividends.

Dave Chugg, team manager of the British Disabled Ski team, said: "The team have done extremely well, particularly under such difficult financial circumstances.

"After giving everything from within them to each race they come in and spend three hours waxing their kit every evening before they can eat and rest. 

"We are doing everything we can to find funding to remove additional pressure and practical distraction so that they can focus on these races of a lifetime, especially with the Paralympics in March 2010 being just around the corner."

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