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Jade Etherington, Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian, has announced her decision to retire from competitive ski racing.
The 23-year-old from Lincolnshire, who has five per cent vision in both eyes, became the first British woman to claim a Paralympic skiing medal when she won a silver at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Etherington has competed alongside sighted guide Caroline Powell since August 2013.
"After many discussions with Caroline, we have both decided to retire from competitive ski racing as part of the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST)," said Etherington, who is training to be a geography teacher.
"We will be sad to leave the Paralympic Alpine Skiing programme and we will both miss our sport and athletes on the team and circuit.
"Caroline and I now wish to follow different paths which we feel will be more fulfilling for us in the long term - Caroline with her instructing in Switzerland, while I would like to complete my qualification as a teacher and increase my motivational speaking.
"It was an honour to represent ParalympicsGB and to make history at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.
"Caroline and I are Britain's most successful Winter Paralympians, with four medals from our first games, and we really hope to inspire more people to enjoy
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Mansfield's Paralympic champion Sam Hynd has announced his plans to retire from swimming.
Hynd won a gold and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and also picked up a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.
His gold in the S8 400m Freestyle at Beijing 2008 saw him break the world record - which still stands today.
On his retirement, the 22 year-old said:
"I just felt it was time for a change and a new challenge in my life. I have been competing internationally for almost ten years and I knew I needed a new focus.
“I have loved swimming. It has been my life for so long and brought me so much. I have great friends and I have travelled the world and I have some memories that I will never forget.
“Winning gold in Beijing will be something that will stay with me forever."
The four times gold medal-winning Paralympic champion, Ellie Simmonds, is relocating her training base to Loughborough University, following the IPC World Championships in August.
The swimming star will take advantage of the world-class facilities available in Loughborough, while also being closer to her family home, which is located in Walsall.
During the Paralympic Games, disabled sport had never been so visible, and it sent a powerful message that a disability needn't stop you from achieving your goals.
But today the charity Scope has published a report saying the Paralympics legacy "hangs in the balance", and that attitudes towards ordinary disabled people haven't necessarily improved.
A post box in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark James Roe's success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will remain permanently gold.
The post box on Bridge Street was painted gold last summer.
It has been given a fresh coat of gold paint and a plaque to remind residents and visitors of the local link to London 2012.
Ellie Simmonds has today announced that she will be relocating her training base to Loughborough University after the IPC World Championships in August.
The move will provide Walsall-born Simmonds, who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics last summer, with the opportunity to utilise the facilities available in Loughborough, while allowing her to return to the close proximity of her family home, which is located in the Midlands.
"Loughborough's obviously an incredible campus, with an unrivalled sporting heritage that will provide me with an exciting new challenge and an opportunity to push myself even further," said Ellie Simmonds.
Olympic rower Anna Watkins, from Leek in Staffordshire, will receive an MBE for services to rowing after she won the gold medal in the double sculls.
The 30-year-old Cambridge graduate is currently expecting her first child while studying for a PhD in mathematics at the University of Reading.
Paralympic archer Danielle Brown, 25, from Telford in Shropshire, who won gold in the 2012 games, will also receive an MBE for services to sport.