Neil & Andrew Simpson receive MBE’s in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Snowsport Scotland are thrilled to hear of Neil and Andrew Simpson are to receive MBE’s in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Neil was born visually impaired with Nystagmus which causes involuntary eye movements and he competes in the visually impaired B3 Category. He started skiing at the age of 4 starting in Aberdeen dry slope joining Gordon Skiers for snow training at The Lecht and Glenshee in Scotland.
After competing in the GB para Alpine championship in 2018 with 2 gold results he was selected for the GB Para Alpine team later that year. In the following years he has podiumed in Para Alpine World Cups in Slalom and Giant Slalom races.
Much like Neil, Andrew started skiing at Aberdeen Snowsport centre when five. After family ski holidays he joined Gordon Skiers, training in Scotland at The Lecht and Glenshee.
He started racing in Scottish local races and continued with Scottish and British races at home and abroad. The Scottish Visual Impairment ski club in Edinburgh assisted Andrew with techniques for guiding his brother Neil when Neil was initially classified. Andrew’s debut race with Neil was in 2018 at the GB Para Alpine Championships with a gold in Giant Slalom.
In the Beijing Paralympics in 2022, the two brothers went on to win gold in the Super G VI and bronze in the Super Combined event.
Congratulations Neil and Andrew!