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Jade shows off medals to Prime Minister

After her record-breaking win in Sochi at the Winter Paralympics, Lincolnshire's Jade Etherington has been to Downing Street for a reception with David Cameron.

Jade and her skiing guide Caroline Powell had the opportunity to show off their medals - three silvers and a bronze - to the Prime Minister.

The four-medal win has made the pair the most successful British women in Winter Paralympic history.

Jade battles pain to carry the GB flag

Jade carries the GB flag Credit: PA

Lincoln's record-breaking skierJade Etherington, battled through the pain barrier to carry the flag at the closing ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi - but admitted her future in the sport was uncertain.

The proud 23-year-old refused to let illness deny her the chance to lead the team into the Fisht Stadium on Sunday night after it forced her out of her final race.

The athlete was laid low with an ovarian cyst rupture on Saturday night and spent much of the following day in a wheelchair due to the intense pain before managing to walk at the night's parade. She said:

"I am so honoured. I felt better in the evening for the ceremony, but I was taking pain killers. I was in a wheelchair for most of the day, but I knew I needed to stand to lift the flag."


Jade: carrying GB flag is "tremendous privilege"

Jade Etherington has spoken of her pride in being selected to carry the GB flat at tonight's closing ceremony,

I feel tremendously privileged to be selected to carry our flag in front of an international crowd and specifically the GB audience back home. We've raised the flag four times this week already so this time it will be nice to carry it. Being visually impaired, I'll be able to see this one. As we missed the opening ceremony, we are really excited to both be getting to go to the closing ceremony. And for a change I'll be the one guiding Caroline around, as well as the whole team.

– Paralympian medal winner Jade Etherington

A senior management team of ParalympicsGB staff, headed by chef de missionPenny Briscoe, chose Etherington as flag bearer.

Jade (supported by Caroline) has delivered consistent medal-winning performances in each of the races she has competed in, making her Britain's most celebrated Winter Paralympian.

– Penny Briscoe, ParalympicsGB

Disappointment and honour for Jade

Four-time medallist Jade Etherington Credit: PA

Lincoln's Jade Etherington has had to pull out of her final event of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi through illness.

There were great hopes that visually-impaired Jade and her guide Caroline Powell would have gone on the win a record-breaking fifth medal - and potentially their first gold -in the giant slalom. But Jade was ill last night and still felt unwell this morning.

However, she has been named as Great Britain's flag bearer for tonight's closing ceremony - illness permitting. A decision on her involvement in the ceremony at the Fisht Stadium will be made later.

Jade: Paralympics have been crazy

Etherington said: "Looking back we haven't skied as well as that ever, it was one of our best runs and we pulled back a couple of seconds.

Jade (right) and Caroline (left)

"It was tough, it hurt all the way down. We are really annoyed not to get the gold and it was so close again to Frantceva but we got a medal and we will continue fighting.

"It is crazy, especially as this is my first ever Paralympics and we have had such a bumpy season.

"We only started skiing in August, I broke my ankle and we have had illness, money concerns and everything like that, working out what races to go to to get qualified.

"Hopefully everyone can see from the time that we did fight for it, we didn't just come down to get the silver and we did GB proud."

Powell added: "Jade has definitely reached her peak. Together we have formed a great bond.

"There is great communication between us, it has worked so well throughout the season and we have peaked at the right time.

"We have managed to get four medals and we are so happy with that. We are obviously devastated not to get the gold, but we can't do anything about that."


Lincoln College to set up centres in Saudi Arabia

Lincoln College has been given a contract worth £250 million by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to set up three colleges there. It had to compete against 50 other applicants from across Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

26 autonomous colleges will be set up across Saudi Arabia aimed at improving the provision of technical and vocational education and training and Lincoln College will be responsible for three of them.

Having been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Lincoln College is one of the highest performing further education colleges in the country. Winning this contract affirms our position not only as a leading UK training provider but as a global leader in the provision of technical and vocational education and training.

We aim to replicate the success we’ve had in the UK in Saudi Arabia and help the 40% of under 30s who are currently unemployed to find jobs. Our cluster comprises of two all-male colleges and one all-female all with a clear focus on developing English language skills in a vocational context. These brand new campuses, located south of the capital Riyadh, reflect the heavy investment in vocational training and increasing the ability of women to access training and employment.

This initiative is combined with the Kingdom incentivising companies to employ Saudi nationals including females as well as offer grants to those wishing to start their own businesses. Staff and students in the UK will also benefit as we will be able to ensure that surpluses resulting from this five-year £250 million contract will be used to further improve the facilities at its campuses in Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough.

– Simon Plummer, Managing Director of Lincoln College International

Initially the college will be employing 100 staff, the majority of whom will be UK residents, to work across the three colleges, and there will be further recruitment drives in December and April.

Silver skier Jade congratulated in Parliament

Lincoln's Jade Etherington has been congratulated in Parliament this morning, after winning her third medal in the Winter Paralympics earlier today.

She took a silver in the visually impaired slalom, to add to her silver in the downhill and bronze in the Super G.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg sent his congratulations to her:

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