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Faslane submariner going for gold at paralympics

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Brett Wild of the British Paralympic team guides Millie Knight down the slopes.

March 9, 2018 – A Royal Navy Submariner from Faslane is going for gold at the Winter Paralympics as guide to the youngest member of the British Team.

HM Naval Base Clyde based submariner Brett Wild travelled to South Korea on Sunday, 25 February to take part in the 2018 Winter Paralympics with partially sighted skier Millie Knight.

The pair arrived at the holding camp with the rest of Team GB to acclimatise to the different time zone, get used to the snow conditions and complete some final training preparation.

Brett said: “It was absolutely brilliant to travel out to Korea so early and to be able to acclimatise and get used to the completely different snow conditions. We will now go into the races fresh and able to do our best.

“The snow conditions here in Korea are different to anything we have trained on for the last two years. Most of the snow is man made so it can feel a little like skiing in an indoor snow dome!”

On Sunday, 4 March, Brett and Millie travelled over to the Paralympic Village to get settled prior to their first race on Saturday, 10 March. They have already completed the first of their three downhill training runs.

Millie said: “Our first downhill training run went fantastically! I was very nervous returning to this hill after crashing here last year and getting a concussion. Today felt great and I gained so much confidence and now I can’t wait to race.”

Brett, from Glasgow has been skiing since he was three years old and began racing when he was just seven, he has also raced for the Navy and Combined services team. He has been skiing with Millie for the past two years and the pair are keen to build on their success in last year’s World Championships  where they won gold and silver medals.

“We attended the British Paralympic Team welcome ceremony in the village. When the British flag was raised and the national anthem played I realised how lucky I am to be here,” said Brett.

“It’s such an honour to be representing the Royal Navy here as well as the British Paralympic Association and Great Britain. I hope Millie and I can make everyone proud.”

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The British Paralympic Team in PyeongChang for the Paralympic Games.

 

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