Visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher receives MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Kelly Gallagher
Kelly Gallagher

Northern Ireland-born Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Visually impaired skier Gallagher – who hails from Bangor – claimed a gold medal in the giant slalom event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in March.

The 29-year-old has been awarded the honour “for services to sport for people with a visual impairment”.

Evans, from Kent, is recognised “for services to Paralympic sport”.

Gallagher was the first Great Britain athlete ever to win Paralympic gold at a Winter Games.

“This is just surreal - it’s similar to how I felt when I was told that I’d won the gold medal,” said Gallagher.

“It’s the most fabulous honour that could be bestowed on us and it’s something very special for us to share. It was difficult to keep it a secret.”