Menna and Jen awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Menna and Jen awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honours

July 3, 2018

Paralympic skiing champions Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe are to receive MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours following their historic success for ParalympicsGB at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

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At the age of 20, Fitzpatrick will be the youngest recipient of an honour on the list after she and guide Kehoe won visually impaired slalom gold at PyeongChang 2018 as well as silver in the super combined and giant slalom and super-G bronze.

Those successes made them the most decorated British winter Paralympians in history and helped ParalympicsGB to its most successful ever Winter Games.

The golden partnership: Menna and Jen in PyeongChang

The pair first made their mark on the international scene in March 2016 when they became the first British skiers to win the overall World Cup visually impaired title in Aspen.

Since then they have gone from strength to strength and they claimed giant slalom bronze at the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.

However, their exploits in PyeongChang didn’t start as planned as they crashed out of the downhill on Day One of the Games in South Korea.

But they showed their fearless attitude to bounce back in style on Day Two as they clinched Super-G bronze.

That podium finish proved to be the catalyst for success and double silver was followed by a dramatic final-day flourish as the pair saw off the challenge of the imperious Slovakian Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova to clinch gold.

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