Menna so thank­ful to Ke­hoe

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK - PIPPA FIELD

MAC­CLES­FIELD skier Menna Fitz­patrick claims it was a team ef­fort af­ter win­ning gold at the IPC Alpine Ski­ing Bri­tish Na­tional Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

The first-ever IPCAS Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships is tak­ing place as part of De­lancey Bri­tish Na­tional Alpine Ski Cham­pi­onships in the world-class ski re­sort of Tignes, France.

Fitz­patrick and guide Jen­nifer Ke­hoe were in top form on Satur­day as they tri­umphed in the Women’s Slalom Vis­ually Im­paired race – beat­ing Mil­lie Knight and guide Brett Wild. And the 17-year-old ad­mits she never could have be­come the in­au­gu­ral Bri­tish cham­pion with­out the strong partnership that ex­ists be­tween her and Ke­hoe.

“It feels good to be the first-ever Bri­tish cham­pion but it’s not just me be­cause it’s my guide Jen who gets down the slope as well,” said Fitz­patrick. “It’s a real partnership be­tween us and we’ve been de­vel­op­ing it since Septem­ber, so not that long re­ally. We’ve had a re­ally good sea­son and we’re just wait­ing for the next one now.

“Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t fin­ish the course last time we did a slalom race, so it was re­ally good to get one un­der our belt and put down a de­cent time.”

The De­lancey Bri­tish Na­tional Alpine Ski Cham­pi­onships run un­til April 1 and are the big­gest event of the year for the Bri­tish ski rac­ing world – with De­lancey as the prin­ci­pal spon­sor for the sixth year run­ning.

It has been an in­cred­i­ble first sea­son to­gether for Fitz­patrick and 32-year-old Ke­hoe as they tri­umphed on their World Cup de­but in Jan­uary be­fore win­ning the over­all World Cup Vis­ually Im­paired ti­tle.

The 2018 Win­ter Par­a­lympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are al­ready on the radar for the duo.

To fol­low the progress of the De­lancey Bri­tish Alpine Ski Team visit or fol­low @teambss on Twit­ter. As Prin­ci­pal Spon­sor of Bri­tish Ski and Snow­board, De­lancey is proud to be able to pro­vide Bri­tish ath­letes with the sup­port they re­quire to win World Cup and Win­ter Olympic medals. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. de­

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