Medal hat trick for Faslane Paralympics skiing duo
A Royal Navy Submariner is bringing back a trio of medals from the Winter Paralympics where he was a 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. Brett and Millie are pictured above.
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. This prepared us to go into the races fresh and allowed us to do our best.”
The pair got off to a flying start in their first race on Saturday, 10 March, winning silver in the Women’s Downhill event finishing 0.86 seconds behind defending Paralympic champions from Slovakia.
The Women’s Super G event on the Sunday brought more success with Millie and Brett crossing the finish line in 1 minute 33.76 seconds and winning their second silver medal of the games.
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 were keen to build on their success in last year’s World Championships where they won gold and silver medals.
On the final day of the games Brett and Millie added a bronze medal to their collection, taking third place in the Women’s Slalom, helping the ParalympicsGB team meet their UK Sport target of six to 12 medals with the ambition of seven.
The pair will arrive back in the United Kingdom this week feeling proud of what they achieved for Great Britain, and with good reason. Since starting to ski together in February 2016, Millie and Brett have won a total of 19 medals – eight gold, nine silver and two bronze.
“I am so grateful to the Royal Navy for this unbelievable opportunity and I am so proud to be representing them here as well as the British Paralympic Association and Great Britain,” said Brett.
“Having the opportunity to ski with Millie at the Winter Paralympic Games is an incredible honour, made even more special by winning two silver medals and one bronze while skiing with one of my best friends. It’s been a long and difficult season, but to secure the first medal for ParalympicsGB at the games and to go on to win two more feels absolutely amazing.”