July 30, 2013
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!
May 24, 2013
I’m delighted after taking the plunge and opting to have some surgery to my right hip. Last night the surgeon came to tell me that the surgery had gone well, I was overjoyed. Thank God and thanks to loads of people for their careful advice and support. Charlotte, our mums, and families, the physiotherapists, sports psychologist, S&C coach and doctor from the sports institute Northern Ireland, our team physio for letting me be indecisive on a very long phonecall but still managing to give professional opinion, the medical scheme for organising all this and always SportNI and all the staff here the hospital in Coventry. I have been complaining and struggling through with the soreness for the past two seasons and was so reluctant to make a decision to have surgery, after my daddy dying last year too, I was lost for confidence in such a huge decision so thank you all so much for showing me how to get along again without him here. Now that it has gone so well I’m excited to get back home and rehab for the next couple of weeks in the hope that when Charlotte and I return to skiing, it will be pain free! Hip hip Horay!! (Like that?! #rubbishjoke)
March 25, 2013
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.
October 3, 2012
We are asked all the time about how we manage to race through alpine skiing courses. We thought we’d explain a little about how we ski about the mountain, quickly and safely.
In IPC alpine skiing, the visually impaired athlete is led from the front through the course by a fully sighted guide. Charlotte says, “Kelly struggles to see me, so I wear a high visibility running vest over my training and racing suits so that she can have a better chance of following my racing line.”
“We travel pretty fast, and there isn’t as much time nowadays for verbal communication. I also used to look over my shoulder a lot more, that can be dangerous in speed events such as super-g and downhill, so we use bluetooth radio communications, originally designed for motorbikes but they work really well for skiing”.
Kelly explains, “Cardo system’s Scala rider is an essential part of our equipment, we don’t go skiing without them. The lightweight system is very adaptable to skiing. We put the two way system onto our helmets with ease. Using the comms system has made skiing for someone with a visual impairment a whole lot safer”.
“Charlotte is able to tell me in real time, what she’s experiencing, bumps, ice, changes in light or terrain, it’s so important. All the racers use radio comms.”
“We charge them up every night as a precaution, but the battery life lasts all day, even in very cold temperatures, or extremely windy weather, we’re able to articulate the important bits quite clearly”.
In addition to the high vis. vest and the comms, Kelly also uses a high category goggle that filters as much light as possible similar to the Oakley fire iridium lens.
August 22, 2012
We’ve been here in Hintertux for two weeks.
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 🙂
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.
Back to the Sports Institute Northern Ireland now with extra motivation for training
August 22, 2012
Here’s a short video of us skiing in Hintertux this week, the snowcat had just made some pristine snow for us and we weren’t about to let this snowboarder ruin our corridor! 🙂
November 18, 2011
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July 25, 2011
Charlotte and Kelly are preparing for a month long on-snow training camp in New Zealand which will culminate in their competing in the Winter Games NZ.
Charlotte and Kelly will compete in Super-G, Giant Slalom and Slalom alongside other Olympic and Paralympic alpine skiers.
The focus of Charlotte and Kelly’s training will be on their team work and improving Kelly’s basic skiing skills. This is a perfect opportunity for the girls and would not have been possible without the substantial support provided by GetKidsGoing.
June 21, 2011
Kelly and Charlotte are training as a team to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics. This coming season Charlotte will be completing her undergraduate degree and devote more time to study. Therefore, Kelly & Charlotte are looking for a ski racer to become a stand-in training and race guide for the winter racing season 2011/12.
more information is contained in this PDF – standby guide.
March 23, 2011
“That’s the 2010/11 season on snow done and dusted. season statistics for Kelly and Charlotte are 18 races entered, 3 canceled, 3 did not finish, (DNF), 2 golds, 7 silver and 3 bronze!
We’ve been especially proud of our World Championship performances, silver in slalom and bronze in GS. Our Slalom has improved so much this season and so we are looking forward to improving on it next season as well as work needed on our GS and new disciplines of Super-G and Super-Combined.
We’ve succeeded this season because of support, financial and otherwise of our family and friends, everyone’s hard work at SportNI, Disability Sports NI and Sports Institute Northern Ireland. The funding from Get Kids Going which enabled Charlotte to ski this season has been invaluable. And when we’ve been struggling its been so important to have our parents helping us out. As yet we don’t have a headline commercial sponsor, so please get in touch if you think we could help promote your brand on our journey to Sochi.”