Britain’s Most Decorated Winter Paralympians Awarded MBEs

STORY BY Megan Hughes

Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympians Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe have been awarded MBEs in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018. This rounds off a brilliant winter season for the pair, whose four medals in PyeongChang played a large part in helping ParalympicsGB to its most successful ever Winter Games.

The duo won visually impaired slalom gold at PyeongChang 2018 as well as silver in the super combined and giant slalom and super-G bronze. Their successes made them the most decorated British winter Paralympians in history.

Since March 2016 in Aspen, where they became the first British skiers to win the overall World Cup visually impaired title, the pair have experienced success after success.

After claiming giant slalom bronze at the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, they took their talents to PyeongChang. After a disappointing first day, crashing out of the downhill, they returned the next day to claim their first Paralympic medal – a bronze in the Super-G. A double silver followed and a dramatic final day showdown led them to a fourth medal, this time a gold.

At the age of 20, Fitzpatrick is the youngest recipient of an honour on the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Rob Stewart from Ski Press caught up with Menna and Jen a few months ago at the launch of the 2018 National Schools Snowsports week to talk PyeongChang, disability snowsports and inspiring a new generation.

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