Kelly Gallagher MBE returns home from her third Winter Paralympic Games
Kelly was welcomed home at the airport by Disability Sport NI's Chief Executive Officer Kevin O'Neill and Performance Sport Manager Elaine Reid alongside Sport NI's Chief Executive Officer Antoinette McKeown.
Kelly thanked all of her supporters, "I just want to thank everyone at home who has supported me from Vancouver to Sochi to Pyeongchang, your support means so much to me. I've really enjoyed all of the good luck messages and videos and pictures of support."
At the first games in Vancouver it was such an amazing experience to be out there but then I really set my goal for Sochi to win. I've had such a difficult experience in getting to Pyeongchang through with injury and changing guides and coaches and I was so delighted to be at the Games that I was determined to enjoy the Games, showcase how amazing they are and put in my best performance."
Kevin O'Neill commends Kellys influence on Para Alpine Skiing, “Disability Sport NI is very proud of what Kelly has achieved, not only in PyeongChang over the last two weeks but across the last three Paralympic Cycles. Kelly’s performances have had a massive influence on para alpine skiing and have helped pave the way for other VI athletes in the GB programme and we are delighted to have been able to support her journey in a very small way.”
Follwing injury Kelly has shown incredible determination and stamina in fighting for her place in Pyeongchang and with her guide Gary Smith put in a very competitive performance at the games. Kelly competed in four events, the Slalom finishing sixth place, the Super G finishing eight place, the Super Combined finishing seventh place and the Giant Slalom finishing fifth place.
Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown added, “Kelly is an inspirational athlete and an outstanding ambassador for Northern Ireland, as she has proven once again with her performance in Pyeongchang. Sport NI is incredibly proud to have supported Kelly throughout her career, and particularly over the last year as the specialist staff in our Sports Institute have worked with her through her recovery from injury. To return home from her third successive Winter Games with four top eight finishes is testament to Kelly and her guide Gary’s tenacity, talent and resilience.”