Bobbi Kelly is a sighted guide that works with para alpine skier Melissa Perrine, a two-time Paralympic medallist, and four-time world champion. Bobbi was selected for her first Australian Paralympic Team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.  

With both her parents working at Perisher Resort, Bobbi grew up skiing and was a racer herself before she began coaching at her local club. Bobbi’s good friend and Melissa’s former guide, Christian Geiger, is the one who asked her to become a guide. Christian, who guided the para-alpine skier to two bronze medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, encouraged Melissa and Bobbi to work together, and the team was quickly former ahead of the 2018/19 season. 

The pair went on to deliver a stand-out international season, claiming a total of 12 medals on the para-alpine skiing 2018/19 world cup circuit and earning the world championship title in the super-combined event at the 2019 Para Alpine World Championships, where they also claimed two silver medals and a bronze.  

At the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, Bobbi lead Melissa to compete at the last of her four Paralympic Games and together they achieved a brilliant sixth-place finish in the women’s giant slalom vision impaired.

Melissa now heads into skiing retirement as one of the greats of Australian Winter Paralympic Sport.

 

Image credit: L. Percival