Menna Fitzpatrick M.B.E.

Career Highlights:

1st
- Slalom - Winter Paralympic Games, PyeongChang KOR 2018

2nd
- Super Combined & Giant Slalom - Winter Paralympic Games, PyeongChang KOR 2018

3rd
- Super G - Winter Paralympic Games, PyeongChang KOR 2018

3rd
- Giant Slalom - World Para Alpine Championships, Tarvisio ITA 2017

Overall Globe
- 2015/16 World Cup season

Menna Fitzpatrick is a visually impaired alpine skier competing with British Army Officer Jennifer Kehoe as her sighted guide on the World Cup circuit. Menna and Jen became Britain’s Most-Decorated Winter Paralympians at the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Games, winning one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

​Menna was born visually impaired; she has no vision in her left eye and limited sight in her right. Her parents were determined that she would not be disadvantaged by this and, when she was 5 years old, they taught her to ski. Menna has less than 5% overall vision, which means she skis with a guide. She learned to ski on family holidays in France. After being spotted at the Chill Factore snow centre in Manchester, she was invited to train with the British Parasnowsports Team with her Dad as her guide. This was a great partnership and was a great way to start racing. They began racing in the IPCAS races in Landgraaf, which they placed 4th in their first race. The following year they began to enter more races in Roll Rinn and Lachtal. This was the start of her amazing journey towards the Paralympics.

In September 2015, Menna started working with British Army Captain Jen Kehoe, who had been guiding for a couple of years with the team. They hit it off instantly and have been working as a pair for just over two years. They had a hugely successful first season together where they became the first ever British winter sports athletes to win the Overall World Cup Champions title, as well as winning the overall title for Giant Slalom. They also became British Champions in the same year. Hopes were high for similar successes in their second season together, but in October of the 2016/17 season, Menna fell during Super training and broke four bones in her hand. This put their training on hold for 6 weeks.

Although Menna recovered quickly and jumped straight back into racing, it was much more difficult than either Menna, Jen or the coaches had imagined.

"After each run, we built my confidence up and up, succeeding in winning a bronze medal at the World Championships, and a further bronze and silver medals at the World Cup finals in PyeonChang.”

Menna loves all types of skiing, including jumps and powder. She thinks it is because her Dad used to forget she was behind him and take her through all mogul fields and off-piste when she was young, which helps with being an adaptable skier now.