Jen Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick
Winter Sports

Visually-Impaired Skier And Forces Guide Make History At Para Alpine World Championships

Menna Fitzpatrick and Captain Jen Kehoe are the first British pair to hold both Paralympic and World Championship gold medals.

Jen Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick

The pair were competing at the Para Alpine World Championships in Sella Nevea, Italy. (Picture: Paralympics GB)

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Captain Jen Kehoe have become the first British skiers to be both Paralympic and World champions.

The pair secured the Paralympic title after taking gold in the slalom last March and have added the World title at the Para Alpine World Championships in Italy.

They took the gold medal in the visually impaired downhill race and held off a difficult challenge from compatriot British pair Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith in second.

The pair took to their joint Twitter account to celebrate their World Championship gold with an emoji-style post.

The victory confirmed Fitzpatrick and Kehoe’s third medal of the competition after winning silver and bronze earlier in the month.

On the final day of the tournament, the skiers won another gold medal.

They were the victors in the Super Giant Slalom while in the afternoon on the final day, they won a silver medal in the Super Combined race.

They finished almost two seconds behind the Australian winners Melissa Perrine and Bobbi Kelly, but ahead of third-placed Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith.