Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith competing at IPC alpine skiing World Cup Finals February 2016

Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith competing at IPC alpine skiing World Cup Finals February 2016

Charlotte announced this morning that she will no longer guide, I know it has been a weighty decision for Charlotte to step away from competitive sport and I have been happy to support her in her decisions, as we have strived successfully to be a team in everything we do. With Charlotte’s help during these past four years, I’ve been able to progress from representing the country internationally at Vancouver 2010 coming 4th and 6th in GS and slalom respectively, to challenging for the top spot and ultimately winning Gold at Sochi 2014. Together, our success on snow has had a positive impact for funding for all of disabled snowsport and brought about a change in people’s perceptions of what an athlete and guide can achieve on and off snow. It is with great pride that I reflect on Charlotte and my accomplishments. To be crowned Paralympic Champions, Britain’s first ever athletes to win gold on snow, able bodied or disabled, man or woman, is just such the highlight. The milestones along the way have required dedication and perseverance from us both, winning Britain’s first world championship medals in alpine skiing, and continuing to amass a total of six world championship medals. Winning our first World Cup, overcoming injury, being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the year 2014 and of course, being awarded an MBE. I look forward to continuing to succeed in the sport I love and wish the best for Charlotte in everything she endeavours.

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Our supportive friends and children that Charlotte coaches have had an amazing fundraising idea to ski the 1928 miles between London and Sochi!

That is quite a challenge and equates to 19,393 runs! So we are travelling to Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 7th December to take part, meet you all, and present raffle prizes. We would love to have your help too!

Participants will be required to pay £20 on the day for use of slope / lift pass / equipment hire.

We’d like all participants to raise as much sponsorship money as possible over the next 30 days from family, friends and work colleagues. Sponsorship money can be uploaded here
https://www.justgiving.com/local/project/londontosochi

Skiers and boarders who want to take part in the challenge ride as many runs as possible over a period of 6 hours.
As many runs as possible to be completed at ‘The Snow Centre’ Hemel Hempstead, with any remaining distance to be skied in a period up to 31st January 2014.

DATE : SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2013
WHERE : ‘The Snow Centre’, Hemel Hempstead http://www.thesnowcentre.com
TIME : 16.00 HRS – 22.00 HRS

For further information and registration details please contact: Jo Moore jomoore2013@outlook.com
Mobile 07841 748 144

Or admin@kelly-Gallagher.co.uk

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So, we’ve been terrible at updating our blog! Our reasons and excuses include, terrible internet connections, and lots of races. We have lots of news and a season’s worth of fun to cram into this update.

We are however, really are great at updating our facebook page, www.facebook.com/kellyandcharlotte and we’re usually tweeting on twitter, www.twitter.com/charevans1 and www.twitter.com/kellygallagher so for photos, fun and race results it’s best to catch us there.

This season, to avoid burnout, we chose to compete in selected Europa Cup and World Cup races focusing on the 2013 alpine skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain and concentrating on progressing from technical skiing (GS and slalom) into speed, by competing in all five disciplines, (Downhill, Super-G and Super-Combined too).

We’ve entered 28 races. Four were cancelled, seven races resulted in a DNF, (‘that’s ski racing’) and of the remaining 17 races we achieved THREE gold, EIGHT silver, and SIX bronze medals. So it is fair to say that our season has been successful.

We’ve had times of struggle too. Cancelled races, a string of DNFs, and a season of 2nd and 3rd frustrating place finishes, not racing as well as we train. However, we’ve worked through each obstacle and challenge together, it’s been tough.

Our season ended on a real high, with gold and happiness at the World Cup finals in one of our favourite events, slalom. This triumph was made even sweeter because this is the Paralympic hill in Sochi, Russia. We’re excited to begin the 2013/14 paralympic season, and go back to Sochi to race and achieve our goals.

Pitztal EC GS 2nd

Pitztal EC GS 2nd

Pitztal EC slalom 2nd

Pitztal EC slalom 2nd

Lenk EC 2nd slalom

Lenk EC 2nd slalom

Lenk EC2nd GS

Lenk EC 2nd GS1

lenk EC GS 2nd again

lenk EC GS 2nd again

Panorama of Sestriere World Cup prize giving, 2 bronze medals here in GS and frustration in slalom with 2 DNFs

Panorama of Sestriere World Cup prize giving, 2 bronze medals here in GS and frustration in slalom with 2 DNFs

Tarvisio EC DH 2nd

Tarvisio EC DH 2nd

Tarvisio EC SG 3rd

Tarvisio EC SG 3rd

Tignes EC 1st SG

Tignes EC 1st SG & 1st DH too

our four world championship medals!

our four world championship medals!

long awaited World Cup Gold

long awaited World Cup Gold

happy girls!

happy girls!

really happy girls

really happy girls

Happiness, girls who've just won FOUR medals at World Champs

Happiness, girls who’ve just won FOUR medals at World Champs

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SINI Irish News Article Kelly Gallagher

Kelly and Charlotte have returned from a break after World Championships to train and compete in St. Lambrecht, Austria.

Scheduled races included Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super-Combined. These races were the first time for the girls to concentrate on Super-G and Super-Combined.

On Friday, the Super-Combined was postponed due to safety concerns surrounding spill zones, B-netting and lack of snow. The Giant Slalom went ahead as planned on Saturday in which Kelly failed to complete the first run after ploughing into gate 6. The girls spent the afternoon supporting their teammates who qualified for the second run in which youth development athlete James Whitley put in a fantastic performance qualifying under 200 points in technical events, which is a great achievement in his first IPCAS race.

On Sunday, the Slalom was canceled in favour of running the postponed Super-Combined.

The Girls came back to compete in their first speed event. They completed the Super-G component coming 2nd, just over 2 seconds behind, Russia’s Alexandra Fratseva. Their run was not as good as training during the week and so the girls were hoping to put down a strong slalom run in the afternoon. Kelly slid in at the last hairpin, which knocked the girls out of medal contention, however Charlotte encouraged her to hike and so the girls completed to finish 5th.

The Super-G component of the Super-Combined where the girls achieved 2nd has meant the girls are qualified for Europa Cup Speed next season and so Both girls and Coach are pleased with the overall performance.

The reduced BDST is now training in Stubai, Austria before driving to Spain for Europa Cup Finals and postponed Super Combined races around St. Patrick’s Day.

Many thanks to Sean Power for use of these photos

2nd Super-G St Lambrecht 6th March 2011 austrian championships

2nd Super-G St Lambrecht 6th March 2011 austrian championships

World Championships Silver in Slalom

World Championships Silver in Slalom

Kelly and Charlotte have come second in the World Championship Slalom!

This is the first time racers from Great Britain and Northern Ireland have won medals in World Championships. The girls are very excited to have performed so well and are back at the Olympic Village recovering from the race in preparation for Saturday’s Giant Slalom race where they hope to put down a similar performance.

The girls are really grateful to all their fans in the finish area and all the support at the start gate.

Kelly spoke with Michael McNamee of BBC Radio Ulster’s Sportsround programme last week after training.

Kelly’s interview was broadcast today, you can listen in the UK for the next 7 days at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007j7wn

As part of the Summer Club Series, the presenters interview athletes and local sports personalties about their current and future competition plans and invite them to choose two topical pieces of music. Startled on the spot, Kelly’s mind went blank for a song that related to her on-snow ski training and could remember only the cold, winter mornings and Rolf Harris being played to annoy a certain member of her ski team. So for probably the first,  (and likely, the last time) Rolf’s hit, “Its going to be a fine day”, bagpipes and all was played for her in its entirety!

BT Olympic Day

July 28, 2010

Two years to go until London 2012!

Yesterday evening, Kelly had the pleasure of attending an informal drinks reception to celebrate two years to go to the start of the London 2012 Games.

The 27th July 2010 marked a two year countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games, BT, as the Official Communications Services Partner and a Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. were delighted host the event at the BT building in Lanyon Place, Belfast to celebrate the occasion and further build momentum in Northern Ireland in the lead up to the Games.

The event was also attended by the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Nelson McCausland, The Chief Executive Officer of BT, Graham Sutherland, Dame Mary Peters, and Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes.

L-R Graham Sutherland CEO BT, Olympic Medallist, Paddy Barnes, Olympic Gold Medallist, Dame Mary Peters, Paralympian Kelly Gallagher

Olympic Day

July 23, 2010

Kelly attended Olympic Day at the Ozone Complex, Ormeau Park, Belfast this afternoon

The “Try It” event enabled around 500 summer scheme children from throughout Belfast to take part in sport taster sessions. Fifteen sports were available from fencing and mountain biking to volleyball.

Kelly taking part in Olympic Day

Kelly had fun shooting hoops with children from the summer scheme and watching the mountain biking and was delighted to briefly meet Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG.

Kelly Gallagher & Paul Deighton CEO of LOCOG at Olympic Day 23/07/10

Kelly Gallagher & Paul Deighton CEO of LOCOG at Olympic Day 23/07/10

This summer has been packed with excited countdown events to the London 2012 games.

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