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Paralympian Kelly Gallagher named in Queen's Honours

A visually-impaired skier from Northern Ireland who won Great Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Kelly Gallagher, 29, triumphed in the super giant slalom event at Sochi in March.She and her guide Charlotte Evans become MBEs for services to sport for people with a visual impairment. Gallagher has oculocutaneous albinism, a condition with affects the pigment in her hair, skin and eyes.

Kelly Gallagher, 29, triumphed in the super giant slalom event at Sochi in March. Credit: PA

The sportswoman from Bangor in County Down started skiing for the first time when she was 17 on a trip to Andorra and began working with Evans, from Kent, in late 2010, just months after finishing fourth in the Giant Slalom at the Vancouver Games with previous guide Claire Robb.

Find out who else received an honour from the Queen here

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Jade Etherington wins fourth skiing medal at Sochi

Jade Etherington has won silver in the visually-impaired super combined skiing event at the Sochi Olympics, taking her medal haul to four.

Jade Etherington (right) with her guide Caroline Powell
Jade Etherington (right) with her guide Caroline Powell Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The medal followed second-placed finishes in the slalom and the downhill events and bronze in the super-G.

Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell have now become the first Britons to win four medals at one Winter Paralympics. by taking second place in the super-G.

They have one more event to come - the giant slalom on Sunday - which will give them a chance to win a GB record fifth Paralympic medal.

Read: Kelly Gallagher wins first ever Winter Paralympics gold

Team GB athletes elated over gold medal win

Team GB's Paralympic athletes have congratulated Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans after they won Great Britain's first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in the Super-G event in Sochi.

Gold medal winner: 'We took our shot - it's amazing'

Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans told ITV News it was "amazing" to win gold at Sochi.

Kelly said: "We have had a really tough start to Sochi. We competed in downhill the other day and it just didn't go our way. We had to dig so deep within ourselves, and work so hard, to try and find the faith and motivation to try to come back today.

"It's worked out really, really well, so we are kind of on a high now. We will see what's happening for the rest of Sochi.

"To win gold - it's amazing. Some people only get one shot at one race. Today we took our shot and did great - I am so happy."

Read: Skier wins Team GB's first ever gold at Winter Paralympics

Cameron congratulates Kelly Gallagher on Gold Medal

David Cameron has congratulated Kelly Gallagher on winning Great Britain's first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics.

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Many congratulations to Kelly Gallagher - winning Britain's first ever Paralympic gold with victory in the Super-G. #GoParalympicsGB.

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PM among those congratulating Etherington

David Cameron was among a host of names congratulating Britain's Jade Etherington, after the the British skier won the women's visually impaired downhill:

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Proud of Jade Etherington, who won silver in the women's visually impaired downhill in Sochi. #GoParalympicsGB.

A host of others took to the social network to tweet their thanks. Eventually, Etherington herself tweeted, though her celebrations were understated:

Team GB grabs first medal in Sochi Paralympics

Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell crowned their first season racing together by winning Great Britain's first Paralympic medal on snow in 20 years in Sochi.

Etherington, who celebrates her 23rd birthday on Sunday, is visually impaired and communicates with Powell down the course via radio.

The pair became the first British women ever to win a Paralympic skiing medal, despite the short time they've been racing together.

It was only last April that they first got to know each other, August they first skied competitively together and January this year they first competed as a pair in a downhill.

Sole Ukrainian takes part in Paralympics ceremony

A Ukrainian athlete was greeted by rapturous applause as he took part in the opening ceremony to the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

Ukraine's flag-bearer Mykhaylo Tkachenko arrives in the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Credit: Reuters

Mykailo Tkachenko was the only athlete from Ukraine's team of 31 to participate in the ceremony.

Mr Tkachenko was the only representative from Ukraine at the opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine agreed to compete in the Games despite the country's tense stand-off with Russia in the Crimea region over the past week.

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