7 June 2018
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe to receive MBEs in The Queen's Birthday Honours
Paralympic skiing champions Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe are to receive MBEs in The Queen’s Birthday Honours following their historic success for ParalympicsGB at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, while Simon Munn will receive the MBE for services to wheelchair basketball.
At the age of 20, Fitzpatrick will be the youngest recipient of an honour on the list after she and guide Kehoe won visually impaired slalom gold at PyeongChang 2018 as well as silver in the super combined and giant slalom and super-G bronze.
Those successes made them the most decorated British winter Paralympians in history and helped ParalympicsGB to its most successful ever Winter Games.
The golden partnership: Menna and Jen in PyeongChang
The pair first made their mark on the international scene in March 2016 when they became the first British skiers to win the overall World Cup visually impaired title in Aspen.
Since then they have gone from strength to strength and they claimed giant slalom bronze at the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
However, their exploits in PyeongChang didn’t start as planned as they crashed out of the downhill on Day One of the Games in South Korea.
But they showed their fearless attitude to bounce back in style on Day Two as they clinched Super-G bronze.
That podium finish proved to be the catalyst for success and double silver was followed by a dramatic final-day flourish as the pair saw off the challenge of the imperious Slovakian Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova to clinch gold.
Seven-time Paralympian Simon Munn will receive the MBE for services to wheelchair basketball. Munn, a legend of the men’s game, won Paralympic silver for GB in Atlanta and bronze medals in Sydney, Athens and at Rio 2016.
Finally, Gordon Robertson will receive an MBE for services to disability athletics. Working as a volunteer coach and playing a significant role at the Glasgow-based Red Star AC, a leading club in Scotland for athletes with disabilities Robertson is also a five-time Paralympic medallist, winning medals at the 1984, 1988 and 1996 Games; two silver and three bronze medals.
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