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Visually impaired skier Millie Knight from Canterbury has been named in Great Britain squad for Winter Paralympics in Sochi

23 January 2014

 

Millie Knight

Millie Knight, a 15-year-old visually-impaired skier from Canterbury

Visually impaired teenager Millie Knight has been called up to represent Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Knight, who only turned 15 earlier this month, has been named in a seven-strong ski-ing squad for the games and will be Britain's youngest ever winter Paralympian.

The Canterbury youngster, who attends the city's King's School, only joined the GB team in 2012, and will be guided by Rachael Ferrier with whom she has already enjoyed success this winter.
 
In November Knight won two silver medals in Holland, and she claimed two golds in IPCAS races in Austria before Christmas and two more afterwards. That was followed by two fourth-placed finishes in Europa Cup races, where she competed against Kelly Gallagher and Jade Etherington, both of whom have also been called up for the games.
 
Knight competes in the B2 category for partially sighted athletes, having only 5% peripheral vision in her right eye and between 10 and 20% in her left after suffering a rare eye condition during childhood.

The Winter Paralympics run from 7-16 March and Britain, who have never won a Paralymic gold medal, have been given a target of between two and five medals at the Games.

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