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Kelly Gallagher MBE

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Kelly Gallagher MBE

Kelly Gallagher MBE is an apline skier from Bangor. Kelly paved the way in becoming the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete at the Winter Paralympic Games and has subsequently represented Great Britain in 2010 and 2014 where she brought home Britains first ever Gold medal in skiing.

Kelly was appointed an MBE in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours List for her services to sport for people with sight loss.

"When I was at school I used to ask my mum to write notes to get me out of PE, so finding my passion in ski racing is something very special for me. There is no greater feeling than conquering the fear or anxiety I have at the beginning of the downhill and knowing I couldn't have pushed any harder during the run at the finish. From a young age I was encouraged to believe that you can pursue your passions no matter what other people's perceptions of your capabilities." - Kelly Gallagher MBE

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