It has been a busy and exciting time for Millie Knight since last Autumn term when she undertook an 80-mile bike ride in the Cairngorms taking nearly 8 hours on a very heavy, rented tandem. Along with selling badges to support the British Disabled Ski team she raised £185 from Marlowe contributions. At the Canterbury City Council awards the Disabled Sport Performer of the Year was presented to Millie Knight.
During Lent half term Millie gained 2 Silver Medals in her races in Austria. She was also invited to a SportsAid athlete workshop day at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park, meeting several Olympians and Paralympians and trying badminton, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, fencing and football and she attended the SportsAid Ball having dinner with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Millie has also been training as part of our Excellence Programme on a Monday and Thursday, both in strength and conditioning as well as speed, agility and quickness - all essential for her sport. The School has supported her with her events and training on the slopes. She has also taking a full part in the rowing programme.
Millie has been selected in the Great Britain Paralympic skiing team for the Winter Olympics at Sochi in March. At just 15 she is the youngest ever British Winter Paralympian. She has had a most successful season, winning two silver medals in Holland, two golds in Austria before Christmas and two afterwards, and managing two fourth-place finishes in Europa Cup races.
Millie competes in the B2 category for partially sighted athletes. Her main aim had been to be in the team for South Korea in 2018, but she has been so successful that she has achieved her ambition four years early.
Peter Roberts, Headmaster
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