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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Tignes – July 2013

July 30, 2013

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We are in Tignes, France for our first ski since hip surgery and of the 2013/14 season! It’s very exciting! Here are some photos of our first day on the mountain.

We’ve got us forgetting proper shoes on a hike, balancing while eating cherries on the hottest, busiest train from Chambery to Bourg St. Maurice, and a bunch of shots from skiing and recovery today!

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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

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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

We’ve been here in Hintertux for two weeks.

view from our hotel room

view from our hotel room

It’s fair to say summer training is going well. We’ve had some great feedback from our coaches Hiro and Euan and are feeling more confident on skis.

The snow conditions haven’t been amazing, it’s sad to see the glacier deteriorate like this, fingers crossed it’ll be awesome conditions this winter. we’ve been waterskiing in the afternoon 🙂

Waterskiing

Waterskiing in the afternoons

We’ve had a really great time with our teammates this camp and since its summer training, we’ve been off the hill early and had lots of time to get out and about and catch a tan, play on a trampoline, swim at the outdoor pool, have a BBQ, wonder around Innsbruck, play in glacier waterfalls and eating ice creams.

Newbie Guide to John is Mr. Ross Walker, working out at the pool

Newbie Guide to John is Mr. Ross Walker, working out at the pool

Extreme planking

Extreme planking

Back to the Sports Institute Northern Ireland now with extra motivation for training

At the waterfall

At the waterfall

Millie, Tom Robinson, Ross Walker, Ben Sneesby, Kelly Gallagher ,Tim Farr, and Ben Kinnear bombing in the background

Millie, Tom Robinson, Ross Walker, Ben Sneesby, Kelly Gallagher, Tim Farr, and Ben Kinnear bombing in the background

Euan Bennett, Charlotte Evans, Kelly Gallagher, Ross Walker, John Dickinson-Lilley, Millie Knight

Euan Bennett, Charlotte Evans, Kelly Gallagher, Ross Walker, John Dickinson-Lilley, Millie Knight

GOOD TIMES!!!!

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SINI Irish News Article Kelly Gallagher

In the last five race of the season Charlotte and Kelly picked up another 1st in slalom, winning not another medal but a ham, yes, a leg of ham each!

Another "gold" in slalom

Another "gold" in slalom

They also gained more experience in their new disciplines of Super-G and Super-Combined coming 2nd on two races and unfortunately not finishing in the Super-G leg of first Super-Combined.

in the start gate

in the start gate

Kelly and Charlotte were presented with these glass engraved medals in recognition of their 3rd overall titles on the Europa Cup circuit.

Kelly and Charlotte 3rd Overall in Europe

Kelly and Charlotte 3rd Overall in Europe

The girls came 2nd in Giant Slalom today and are pleased with this season’s performance. They’re enjoying these last few races, with Kelly’s Mum, Margaret coming along to support the girls in their last races and Kelley and Debbie observing from SINI.

The girls will compete in five more races this weekend to finish the season, 2 Super-G, 2 Super-Combined and one more slalom.

British Disabled "ladies" Ski Team

Charlotte, Kelly, Coach Kiwi Jane, Anna

A Special St. Patrick’s Day for Kelly and Charlotte, SINI and Mummy Gallagher

Support from Sports Institute Northern Ireland helping Kelly and Charlotte in 2011

Kelley Fay - Sports psych, Charlotte & Kelly, Debbie Hanna - Performance Co-ordinator

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

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