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FITZPATRICK Menna
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthMacclesfield, ENG
Height1.50 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Jennifer Kehoe
Further Personal Information
Residence
Macclesfield, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Media Production - Macclesfield College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried the sport at age five while on holiday with her family in Les Gets, France.
Why this sport?
Her family used to go on skiing holidays and encouraged her to take up the sport. In October 2010 she was noticed by a coach at the Chill Factore in Manchester, England, and began training regularly with the British Para Snowsport team. "I loved the feeling of adrenaline running through my body."
Club / Team
Disability Snowsport UK: Great Britain
Name of coach
Amanda Pirie [national], GBR
General Interest
Hobbies
Singing in a choir, walking her dog, watching movies, listening to music. (paralympic.org, 21 Jan 2017; sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Apr 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming the first British alpine skier to win an overall vision impaired World Cup globe in 2016, and winning bronze in giant slalom at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, after recovering from a broken hand. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Guide Jennifer Kehoe, and her coaches. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
British rower Steve Redgrave, British alpine skier Dave Ryding. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She broke her hand after falling during super G training ahead of the 2016/17 season. She required surgery and was unable to train on the snow for eight weeks. (snowsportwales.co.uk, 24 Apr 2017; bbc.co.uk, 25 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love going fast. It is the one thing I always want to be doing." (paralympic.org, 21 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. (paralympic.org, 11 Jun 2018)

She was named Disability Sportswoman of the Year by British newspaper Sunday Times in 2018. (paralympic.org, 02 Nov 2018)

She received the 2017 Inspiring Young Woman Award in England. (inspiringawards.co.uk, 28 Sep 2017)

She received the 2016 Evie Pinching Award, which is given to an athlete who is aged 24 or under and is considered an emerging talent by the Ski Club of Great Britain. (skiclub.co.uk, 31 May 2016)
Milestones
She is the first British Para alpine skier to have won gold at both the Paralympic Winter Games and the world championships. She claimed victory in slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and then triumphed in downhill at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2019)

In 2016 she became the first British alpine skier to win an overall vision impaired World Cup globe. (snowsportwales.co.uk, 31 Mar 2016)
Impairment
She was born with congenital retinal folds. She has no vision in her left eye and limited vision in her right eye. (mennaandjen.co.uk, 03 Nov 2017)
Other information
TEAMWORK
She and her guide Jennifer Kehoe began competing together in 2015. The pair have developed a close bond due to the amount of time they spend training, as well as the extra work they have to do off the slopes to perfect their communication so that Fitzpatrick gets clear instructions through the bluetooth headset she has in her helmet. Both athletes say their relationship has become almost instinctive, which meant they were still able to secure gold after the bluetooth failed during the slalom event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "Every day we are learning something new, testing new skis, skiing on different terrain, snow. All those challenges have added to our experiences and made us better athletes. It's been really good fun to turn what is usually an individual sport into a team sport." (paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2018; telegraph.co.uk, 22 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DNF
3 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:34.54
2 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:29.00
2 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:28.34
1 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:51.80
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:24.72
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:18.11
5 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:11.22
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:30.63
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:37.24
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:25.66
2 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.53
1 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:16.09
2 2018/2019 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:03.84
1 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:12.99
World Cup Final - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:51.81
1 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.84
  2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.04
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.73
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:28.61
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:32.48
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:40.47
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:40.48
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:37.74
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:33.70
2 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:51.33
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.83
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.04
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:24.19
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:28.34