After 7 glorious and successful years skiing together, visually impaired skier Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jenifer Kehoe announce that they will not be defending our title together at the next Paralympic Games.
In a statement from Menna and Jen, they have said the following,
“We have been working hard to find a way to enable us to train and compete together but we have encountered too many challenges out of our control. Jen has made the difficult decision to retire from elite sport to resume her career in the British Army while Menna will continue to compete for GB in Para-alpine skiing with a new guide.
Our incredible partnership and friendship started in 2015 and we could not have dreamt of what the future held for us; achievements include winning 6 Overall World Cup Crystal Globes, becoming 2 x World Champions, Paralympic Champions and most decorated Winter Paralympian, awarded MBEs, presenting a BAFTA and many, many more incredible opportunities. The most rewarding has been and will continue to be sharing our story with others and inspiring young people to dream big.
We would like to send a HUGE ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful friends, family, coaches, sponsors and supporters who believed in us and supported us both on this incredible journey. We would also like to thank the British Army and all the individuals who have helped us for their longstanding and continued support. We could not have done it without you all.
We are immensely proud of what we have achieved together and we will continue to support each other on our respective journeys towards the next Paralympics and in the British Army. We will continue to raise the profile of women’s and disability sport and hope to continue inspiring others to follow in our footsteps and chase their dreams.”
You can follow our individual stories at @mennafitz and @jennifleurski