Sochi gold medallist set to support ParalympicsGB Sports Fest

sportsfestThe winner of GB’s historic first gold medal at a Winter Paralympics, Kelly Gallagher, will join Britain’s most successful summer sport Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, as ambassador for the next ParalympicsGB Sports Fest.

Gallagher will appear at the upcoming event, which will be held at Sportcity in Manchester on Monday May 19, 2014.

Prior to the opportunity to try skiing in the North West, Disability Snowsport UK are offering another taster session at Hemel Hempstead Snowcentre this Sunday April 13. Jade Etherington’s guide Caroline Powell will be in attendance  on Sunday. Those looking for more information and to make a booking should call DSUK on 0845 521 9338.

Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans won Britain’s first ever Paralympic gold medal at a Winter Games in the Super-G at the recent Sochi 2014 Paralympics. Gallagher will join multi-gold medallist Sarah Storey at the Manchester event for question-and-answer sessions and autograph-signing, as well as supporting special taster sessions for Alpine Skiing at Manchester Chill Factore.

Commenting on her involvement in Sports Fest, Gallagher said:

“I’m looking forward to being part of Sports Fest. I have previously seen Sports Fest events take place but with training for Sochi I’ve not been able to get involved.

“Skiing and sport are a huge part of my life. The idea that I could help to inspire and encourage more disabled people to consider sport as an option is brilliant.

“Sochi was truly a great opportunity for us to showcase how fantastic our sport is, and so I’m looking forward to the chance to help more people try out skiing and get involved in all disability sports at Sports Fest.”

The Sports Fest in Manchester will be the fourth of the London 2012-inspired come-and-try events hosted by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and supported by sports National Governing Bodies. So far, nearly 2,000 attendees have come through the doors of events held across the country since London 2012.

The Cheshire based track and road cycling superstar Dame Sarah Storey has lent her support to the Sports Fest, which is a free multi-sport event for disabled people that aims to capture some of the enthusiasm built up over the London 2012 Paralympic Games and now into the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Sports Fest promises attendees the chance to ‘meet the medallists, try the sports, get inspired’ and they can participate in a number of activities, including come-and-try sessions for the vast majority of Paralympic summer and winter sports as well as meet the medallists sessions, where they can put their questions to athletes, have their photos taken and get autographs.

Register for the Manchester event via www.sportsfest.uk.com.

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