Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown has welcomed the confirmation that 2014 Paralympic Gold Medallist Kelly Gallagher will compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics as part of the Team GB Squad, competing in the Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Visually impaired skier Kelly won Great Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympics Gold medal when she triumphed in the Super G event at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Welcoming the news, Sport NI Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown said:

“On behalf of Sport Northern Ireland, I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Kelly and her guide Gary Smith. Kelly is a sporting hero for all of Northern Ireland – her historic success in Sochi four years ago, and her accomplishments throughout her career, are a testament to her outstanding talent, determination and resilience as an athlete.

“While Kelly has faced challenges through injury over the last year, she has remained focused on working towards competing in PyeongChang and I am delighted she will have the opportunity to compete in her third successive Winter Paralympics. Sport NI is extremely proud to continue to support Kelly, through our National Lottery-funded Sporting Winners programme, and through the expertise of the specialist staff at our Sports Institute. I wish Kelly and Gary every success at the Games.”