Crew Profile: Charlotte Evans
29 July 2015
Charlotte Evans made history at the 2014 Sochi Games by winning Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal with Kelly Gallagher in the visually impaired Super-G event.
Charlotte had been a guide to Gallagher since 2011 when the pair announced their partnership at the IPC World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, by winning silver in the Women’s Slalom.
The 24 year old from Chatham, Kent was introduced to skiing by her father at an early age but taking to the high seas is a completely new experience, especially given her fear of water. Charlotte, after completing her Level 1 training, explained: “Skiing has been my entire life for so long now and I have always been in a position where I’ve been comfortable. I was totally out of my comfort zone at first during the training, but I have found a challenge and realised I can overcome it which is amazing.”
“To represent my country in a completely different sport will be incredible. When I think about getting on the Clipper Race, I become really competitive. I’m one of these people that just wants to win,” Charlotte added.
Before teaming up with Kelly, Charlotte had been part of the England Alpine Ski team and English overall Champion. An injury in the British Championships saw her switch to coaching roles in 2010.
Charlotte is taking a sabbatical from competitive skiing and will be sailing from the Whitsundays, Australia to Qingdao, China via Da Nang in Vietnam in Leg 5 of the Clipper Race on board GREAT Britain.