Charlotte Evans MBE

PARALYMPIC GOLD-WINNING SKI GUIDE

Charlotte Evans

Charlotte Evans MBE is a British skier, sighted guide and Paralympian who won gold in the women’s Super-G at the Sochi Winter Olympics alongside Kelly Gallagher. Born in Medway, Kent, the Olympic speaker was a gifted skier from an early age and, by age 18, she was the English champion and part of the England Alpine Ski Team.

Unfortunately, Charlotte went on to suffer a long-term injury whilst competing at the British Championships, a cruciate ligament tear forcing her into rehabilitation and ultimately causing her to rethink her career ambitions. After beginning to train as a coach and trainer, she was asked to consider becoming a sighted guide. It was while working as a coach at an Alpine Skiing Training Camp in Hintertux in 2010 that she was approached by Kelly and the two duly paired up.

A year later the Olympic speaker made her international debut as a guide, helping Kelly become the first ever British athlete to win a World Championship medal during the IPC World Championships where she took a silver medal in the slalom and bronze in the giant slalom. The duo went from strength to strength as, alongside the 2011 IPC gongs, they won a further four medals from five events at the 2013 IPC World Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 World Cup Final in Sochi, Russia.

Charlotte and Kelly then achieved their greatest victory to date when they returned to the Black Sea resort in 2014 to take part in their first Paralympic Games and clinch gold in the visually impaired Super-G competition, the first time team GB claimed a Paralympic medal.

Charlotte is one of the most inspirational Olympic speakers on the circuit, as she discusses how she turned her personal injury heartbreak into something constructive and altruistic – her dream was snatched away from her, but she went on to help someone else’s dreams come true.

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