niel simpson skiing

Neil Simpson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Banchory, Scotland

  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    Visually impaired

Athlete main content

Neil was born with nystagmus which causes involuntary eye movements and he competes in the Visually Impaired B3 Category.

He started skiing at the age of 4 on Aberdeen’s dry ski slope, joining Gordon Skiers club for and began training at The Lecht and Glenshee in Scotland.

After competing in the 2018 British Para Alpine Championships and winning two golds, Neil was selected for the GB Para Alpine team later that year.

His first major podium finish came when he was placed third in the Giant slalom at the 2020 World Cup in Slovenia – gold in the slalom quickly followed. Further medals came his way at the Para Alpine World Cup in Austria in January 2021. Neil, who is guided by his brother Andrew, then claimed Super combined silver at his maiden World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway in January 2022.

Beijing 2022 was Neil’s first Paralympic Games - and he made an immediate impression, becoming the first British male athlete to win gold on snow with a phenomenal victory in the men’s Super-G vision impaired alongside Andrew.

The pair went on to finish on the podium again, claiming Super Combined bronze on the slopes of Yanqing.

He was nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2020.

Major results

2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games

Super-G: gold

Super Combined: bronze

Giant Slalom: 5th

Downhill: 7th

Slalom: 9th

2021 World Championships, Lillehammer, Norway (delayed to 2022)

Super combined: Silver

Downhill: 4th

Super-G: 4th

Slalom: 6th

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