This year’s Winter Paralympics sees two Welsh athletes, Menna Fitzpatrick and Chris Lloyd representing Great Britain in a 17 strong Paralympics GB team. World Cup multiple medal winner, Menna Fitzpatrick, who with her ski guide, Jennifer Kehoe, won the 2016 Globe Award for overall best skier on the World Cup circuit and is hoping to bring back a medal to Wales.
Menna and Chris are set to compete at the IPC PyeongChang 2018 Games in South Korea from 9th -18th March. The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held in Gangwon Province in the Republic of Korea, will last for 10 days, commencing on 9th March and finishing on 18th March. It’s the first time in 30 years that the games will be held in Korea- the last time the Seoul Paralympics Games in 1988.
Both Menna and Chris have won the Disability Sport Wales Emerging Athlete Awards at the last two annual ‘Celebration Evenings’- Menna winning in 2016 and Chris in 2017.
Date of Birth 31/1/1974
Chris Lloyd started skiing at the age of 14 but was injured in a rally car accident in 2011 and his consultant told him he would never ski again.. Four months later he regained some movement and was able to walk a short distance.
He was encouraged to begin skiing as part of his rehabilitation and was back on the snow 12 months after his accident at Tamworth Ski Dome, while in August 2013 he was invited to become a member of the development squad with the British Disabled Ski Team.
Chris was part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme for Sochi 2014 which further motivated him to secure a spot for ParalympicsGB at PyeongChang 2018.
He has competed at World Championship, World Cup and Europa level, with his 12th-place finish at the 2016 World Cup Finals in Aspen a standout sporting achievement for Chris; bettered only by his 9th place finish in World Cup downhill in Innerkrems, in 2017, his best result to date.
Date of Birth 05/05/1998
Classification Visually impaired (B3)
Menna Fitzpatrick learned to ski when she was five-years-old and would ski behind her Dad on family holidays.
Menna made her senior international debut for Great Britain in 2012 and was initially supported by Snowsport Wales and the Disability Sport Wales Academy Programme.
In March 2016, she and guide Jennifer Kehoe made history by becoming the first British skiers to win the overall World Cup visually impaired title in Aspen.
It came in the then 17-year-old’s first season competing at World Cup level, with the duo also picking up the giant slalom Crystal Globe, silver in the overall super-G and bronze in the overall downhill and slalom events.
At the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, Menna and Jennifer claimed bronze in the giant slalom while they began the 2017⁄18 season in superb fashion, winning two silvers and two bronzes at the opening World Cup in Kuhtai.
Channel 4 will be showing extensive coverage of the Games and you can follow all the action here: https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/paralympics/schedule