Kelly Gallagher and her guide win Gold
Both are visually-impaired… and both have proved that NOTHING can stop them.
These inspirational sports women – Kelly Gallagher and Jade Etherington – have both won medals at the Winter Paralympics for Team GB. Kelly, with her guide Charlotte Evans, picked up Great Britain’s first ever Gold after winning the super-G title. And Jade, with her guide Caroline Powell, won Bronze in the competitive downhill run.
"It was so cool to come out and both win medals," Kelly said, about her and guide Charlotte’s win. "It is just the fruits of our labour after so much hard work. There was a lot of pressure on us, and it feels amazing."
Both she and Jade have overcome hurdles to reach the winners’ podium…
Kelly 28, from Bangor, County Down was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition with affects the pigment in her hair, skin and eyes. She started skiing for the first time when she was 17 and teamed up with Charlotte in 2010. The pair communicate on their way down the slopes via bluetooth headsets as they travel at speeds of up to 100km/h. Since linking up together, they have won silver and bronze medals in the 2011 and 2013 World Championships as well as World Cup honours.
Jade celebrates her Bronze medal
Meanwhile Jade, 22, from Lincoln, was born with glaucoma and the genetic eye condition Aexenfeld Syndrome. She communicates with her guide, Caroline, on the course over radio. After her win – she crashed into the barriers after the finish line – she said, “I think I was just so happy to go through the line that I couldn’t stop in time. I was aiming for the finish line, saying 'go, go, go’ and listening to Caroline. I hope I have done GB proud.”
They’ve both certainly done that…