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A medal in sight

Charity supports Winter Paralympics athlete

23 Feb 2018 by Emily McCormick

Fight for Sight is supporting skier Millie Knight who will take part in the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.

Ms Knight became the youngest ever GB Winter Paralympian when she competed in the 2014 Sochi games at the age of 15.

Having begun skiing at six-years-old, within a year Ms Knight had lost the majority of her sight. She is now partially sighted, with 5–10% peripheral vision in her left eye, and 5% in her right eye.  

Ms Knight will compete in the slalom, giant slalom super-G, super combined and downhill events with her guide, Brett Wild, who skis five metres in front of her. She relies on audio from Mr Wild through her communication headset and he wears a bright orange jacket to help her see him as best she can.

Speaking about the Olympics, Ms Knight said: “The Paralympic Games are the ultimate races for para athletes. They are the pinnacle of my sporting career. These are the races I have been working towards for the last seven years and I am so proud to represent GB.”

Image credit: Jason Dodds Photography