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Menna Fitzpatrick Makes History

March 31, 2016

Welsh visually impaired skier, Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe made history at the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) World Cup in Aspen (USA) at the end of February by becoming the first British skiers to win the overall World Cup Visually Impaired title, narrowly beating USA athlete Danelle Umstead by 10 points in the season long multi discipline competition.

It is a remarkable achievement for the seventeen year old as it is not only her first season competing at World Cup level but she also only joined mid way through the winter season in January  2016.  Menna teamed up with her guide Jennifer Kehoe after getting back involved in ski racing last summer having been invited to train with the Wales Ski Team and Welsh based club Dragons Alpine. Menna achieved some great results while being supported by the Disability Sport Wales Academy programme which gained her qualification for the World Cup programme.

These results were also backed up by Chris Lloyd finishing 1st British skier and 12th overall in the Mens standing classification in the World Cup Downhill event.

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