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Winter paralympian Jade honoured by her old university

Lincolnshire's Jade Etherington, who became Britain's most successful winter paralympian when she won 3 silvers and a bronze at this year's Sochi Games. is to receive a new honour later today.

Jade will get an honoray fellowship from Lincoln's Bishop Grosseteste University, where she graduated two years ago with a degree in Education Studies and Geography.

Britain's number one visually impaired alpine speed event ski racer will join around 850 students receiving their degrees today from the university

Winter Paralympian Jade Etherington will be honoured by her former university today Credit: Press Association



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."

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