Congratulations to Get Kids Going! Para Athlete Menna Fitzpatrick on becoming most decorated Winter Paralympian

The medals continue for Get Kids Going! supported athletes as Menna Fitzpatrick won silver in the women’s Super G Vision Impaired, alongside her guide, Gary Smith. This is the fifth Paralympic medal of her career and makes her the most decorated Winter Paralympian.

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Gary Smith – Beijing 2022

23 year old Menna achieved a time of 1:18.79 at the Yangqing National Alpine Skiing Centre. Her medal is extra special as Menna recovered from a broken leg in March 2020, while her initial guide, Katie Guest, recently had to bow out of the Winter Games due to a positive Covid test.

Gary Smith and Menna Fitzpatrick at Winter Paralympics Beijing

Menna said “I am feeling absolutely amazing! I can’t quite believe it, we just wanted to build on the day before and we are super, super happy.

“Gary and I have trained quite a long time and have been building up the relationship and that really helped coming into this. I am super happy he is my guide I couldn’t wish for anything better!”

“I am so happy to be most successful British Winter Paralympian that is not what we came out to do today though, we went out to ski well, so to come out with a silver medal and a pretty amazing title as well means we are delighted.” said Menna.

“Just before the pandemic I broke my leg, Gary was guiding me at the time, and he was a great support during my rehab and to come through that and Covid as well make this really special.

“I had such an amazing time today I just want to go out there and do it again.”

Menna Fitzpatrick – Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Guide Gary Smith, said: “I got a bit emotional with Menna at the finish line as it’s a really special moment I have known Menna since 2016 and she did brilliantly today

“The hill is unbelievable, the snow is great and skis are gripping really well. The experience of Pyeongchang and skiing with Kelly Gallagher who had experience of two Paralympic games has helped me and I have gone into these games trying to keep nice and calm and it paid off today.”

Ahead of the Games, The Earl and Countess of Wessex spoke to Menna about her experience.

Menna Fitzpatrick at Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022

On the opening day Menna Fitzpatrick finished in fifth place with a time of 1:30.49 but was delighted for fellow Get Kids Going! supported athlete, Millie Knight who took a bronze and won the first medal for Great Britain in the Games.

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Gary Smith

Once again a huge congratulations to Menna for her silver medal and becoming Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian.

Watch out for more of our coverage of the Winter Paralympics and visit our homepage to find out more about the Get Kids Going! team at the Winter Paralympics 2022.