Guiding Opportunity

April 23, 2010

We are seeking to pair Kelly Gallagher with a suitable guide for the forthcoming race season and into Sochi, 2014.

Kelly’s performance plan for the next four years is currently being agreed with funding and support providers. The ultimate goals for Kelly and her new guide are to win gold in the alpine skiing events at Sochi, 2014.

To achieve these goals, Kelly desperately needs a racing guide that can train and race with her as part of the team in key events such as, Europa Cup, World Cup and World Championships.

Kelly spent her first season racing and training with Claire Robb. Kelly and Claire skied together from August 2009 to March 2010. The Girls trained and raced together for over 20 weeks this season which ultimately led to them competing at the Winter Paralympic Games in March 2010.

Claire has been an excellent match for Kelly and together as a partnership they have achieved a great deal on one season:

August 2009 Gold in GS at their first competition in Queenstown, NZ

March 2010 6th Slalom debut Winter Paralympics, Whistler, Canada

March 2010 4th GS debut Winter Paralympics, Whistler, Canada

At the end of the 2009/10 season Kelly and Claire had achieved 130 points in Slalom and 94 points in GS. The girls’ success can be attributed to their unrelenting commitment and to Claire’s considerable race experience. From the outset of their journey to Vancouver, Claire could not commit to more than one season and so the time has come for the duo to split and Kelly is currently searching for a replacement guide.

This is an exciting opportunity for an alpine skier with considerable race experience and an ability to commit to guiding.

Race guides for the Visually Impaired category are subject to the same anti-doping control and training schedules as the athletes that they guide. The position requires a substantial amount of commitment however in return, the Guide is a fully fledged member of the British Disabled Ski Team receiving support and coaching in line with their own development plan. The Guide is named on Kelly’s race license and wins a medal whenever Kelly does.

For more information you should visit Kelly’s website and the IPC’s website

If you feel you have the passion and skill to be eligible for this role or would like more information please contact us:


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