Special Olympics Otago's Hugh Brown was one of eight Alpine skiers who competed in South Korea in 2013.
Hugh, along with Troy Rangi (Special Olympics North Harbour) were upgraded to the Advanced level during the initial divisioning process, posing an unexpected challenge for the skiers.
Hugh went on to win a bronze medal in the Alpine Advanced Slalom, and fourth place ribbons for the Alpine Advanced Giant Slalom and Alpine Advanced Super G.
Along with skiing, Hugh plays basketball and swims with his Otago Club. He is a regular at Les Mills in Dunedin where he weight trains for strength, and uses the rowing machine, bike and treadmill to increase his cardio fitness.
Hugh lives 20 kilometres north of Dunedin and drives himself to the city for his sporting activities. His long-term goal is to get ski racks on his car and drive himself up the mountain to Cardrona ski field.
Keeping active means Hugh has a good appetite. Thankfully his mum, Clare, is a wonderful cook and is always feeding her son nutritious and tasty meals, of which Hugh says her tomato and pumpkin soup rate the highest. Clare can also be found putting her culinary skills to good use in the kitchen at the Special Olympics South Island Ski Camp in Wanaka every year.
See Hugh's results from the Games.