Sochi paralympics

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A ski coach from Bearsden has helped the British Disabled Alpine squad with five medals at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games.

Tony McAllister (34), has been involved with the Olympic squad after being asked by Disabilty Snowsport UK in 2012 to become the team’s head coach.

The former Bearsden Academy pupil celebrated what has been Britain’s most successful games, with ParalympicsGB’s first ever gold medal for skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans in the women’s VI Super-G.

Team-mates Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell also beat the defending Paralympic champion to take bronze with three other skiers picking up silver medals.

Tony said: “I’m over the moon and very very proud of what they have achieved. When I took over 18 months ago I realised I’d have to up their training if they were going to achieve the goals they had set for themselves.

“We went to New Zealand last year and out of the 365 days, they were on the snow for 225 of them.”

Tony first became involved in skiing when he was nine, joining Bearsden Ski Club and has been competitively skiing since 12 or 13.

After leaving Bearsden Academy, he went on to broaden his skiing expertise in Colorado and Canada and was an instructor for nine years with the British Alpine ski team.