Millie Knight: athlete of the month

22 January, 2014

She is one of the newest faces of SportsAid’s I Will campaign (see photo) and recently played a starring role at our SportsBall with the Duchess of Cambridge, but disability skier Millie Knight from Kent has let none of this distract her from her sport this season - with notable success.

After winning the first IPCAS gold medal of her career, qualifying for her first World Cup race and competing on the senior Europa Cup circuit for the first time in December, this month the Kent-based athlete has won a further two gold medals at the annual RollRinn event in Innsbruck, Austria.

Both came in the women’s VI (visually impaired) slalom races which were held on January 3 and 4 in blizzard conditions, skiing alongside her new guide Rachael Ferrier.

“It was great, I really enjoyed it,” Millie said afterwards. “We skied it well. It was fun. I’m happy with our result.”

She later tweeted, “Two golds at Rinn. :) I am thrilled…#thanksrachaelferrier #goodguiding.”

On the Archenstadler course Millie completed the 36-gate race on January 3 in 1:22.31 and the 38-gate race on January 4 in 1:25.78. Finishing second on both occasions was her Austrian rival Karin Becker who lost by 7.43 and 8.00 seconds respectively.

See more of the action at RollRinn, including the interview with Millie quoted above, in this short film of the event.

Millie’s SportsAid Award was funded by Doris Dibden.

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