BPA congratulates historic gold medallists Gallagher and Evans on Queen’s Birthday Honour
on 14-06-2014 09:53
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) congratulates Sochi 2014 gold medallists Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans, who have both been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Gallagher and Evans made history in Sochi, not only becoming the first British Paralympic gold medal winners at a winter Games but also the first British athletes to win a gold medal on snow at either an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA, said:
“On behalf of everyone at the BPA, I would like to congratulate both Kelly and Charlotte on this fantastic news. After so many years dedicated to their sport and to representing their country, it is excellent that they have received such a tribute.
“This year has been a breakthrough year for our winter Paralympians, with strong performances on the field of play and a rise in profile. I am pleased to see the performances of our winter team have been recognised as on a par with their summer sport counterparts at London 2012.”
The highly prestigious honour reflects the pair’s achievements at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, where years of hard work and training paid off as the girls delivered a stunning performance to claim gold in the Super-G.
The duo were part of a team of 15 British athletes to compete in Sochi and their achievements crowned ParalympicsGB’s most successful ever Paralympic Winter Games.
The team impressed on the snow and ice in Sochi, breaking numerous records during the Games to secure an overall ranking of 10th place on the medal table.
In addition to the countless personal best performances that were produced during the Games, a tally of one gold, three silver and two bronze placed ParalympicsGB ahead of several countries traditionally considered as powerful winter sport nations.
Shuna Body, Chair of the British Disabled Fencing Association, was also awarded an MBE for her services to Wheelchair Fencing. She said: "I am overwhelmed to receive such an honour, and cannot believe the joy that it has brought me, as well as the rest of the team."
The BPA also sends its congratulations to Jenny Archer, part of the ParalympicsGB in London and who coached David Weir to four gold medals at London 2012. She was awarded an MBE for her services to disability Athletics.