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Kelly Gallagher hails Charlotte Evans' role in success story


Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans

Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans

Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans

Paralympic champion Kelly Gallagher has praised the contribution of guide Charlotte Evans, who is to take a break from the role.

Visually impaired skier Gallagher, from Bangor, won gold at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi alongside Evans .

Evans, 27, suffered a serious head injury when colliding with Gallagher, 30, in a training incident in Austria in January.

Gallagher said it had been a “weighty decision” for Evans but stressed that she will carry on competing.

“I know it has been a weighty decision for Charlotte to step away from competitive sport,” said Gallagher.

“Together, our success 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.

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“I look forward to continuing to succeed in the sport I love and wish Charlotte the very best.”

Evans, who intends to focus on coaching youngsters, added: “It has been an amazing experience and one that I will always treasure.”

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