Get Kids Going!’s Millie Knight has superb World Cup
Millie Knight and her guide Jen Kehoe have finished their World Cup event in St. Moritiz, Switzerland on a high.
After winning gold medals in both her giant slalom events securing her the overall World Cup earlier in the week she has also won another gold medal and a silver in her first ever slalom events.
Millie recently turned 16 and has been helped by Get Kids Going for three years when she came to us as part of the Great Britain Development Squad. The charity has helped her achieve her dream and she believes she wouldn’t have got this far if it hadn’t been for the help of the charity.
This year’s World Championships is drawing closer and the whole team are getting excited to head out to Canada.
Suzanne said, “We are the only members of the Disabled British Ski Team in Switzerland so we are excited to join the rest of the team as they are already out in Canada.
“We have two weeks of training out there before the competition starts so that should give Millie and Jen enough time to get practice,” she added.
The World Championships will be the first time all the major stars will be competing against each other since the Sochi Paralympics so Millie knows the competition will be tough, “A medal would be the ultimate but they are aiming for a 4th place finish,” Suzanne told us.
The Alpine Skiing World Championships will be held between 1st and 10th March in Panorama, Canada.
Brit named in shortlist for Athlete of the Month!
Ben Moore, a para-snowboarder from Great Britain has been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January 2015.
He has hit top form this season, making history in Aspen, USA, by winning the first ever snowboard-cross-head-to-head.
After achieving this he went on to win his second World Cup gold in the upper-limb impairment class days in Big White, Canada.
Ben remains in Canada but told us, “I'm very surprised and overwhelmed about the nomination. I didn't realise that there were so many people following the snowboarding as it is a relatively new sport for the GB.”
He is up against athletes in wheelchair tennis, Nordic skiing and sailing.
To vote for Ben go to www.paralympic.org
Gold for Millie Knight
With the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships only weeks away our skiers are in their final preparations for the big event.
The IPC World Cup finals have started in St. Moritiz, Switzerland and Get Kids Going! already has its first medal of the event.
Sixteen-year-old Millie Knight, a visually impaired skier has won her first gold medal of 2015 with her guide, Jen Kehoe.
The medal is the pair's first World Cup golf medal and the pair were delighted with their result.
Knight beat Danielle Umstead from USA and Marie-Morgane Dessart of Belgium in a time of 2.09.20.
The pair compete again on Tuesday with a hope of winning their second gold.
The IPC World Cup finals continue until Thursday 5th February.
Bungee jumpers for GKG!
Chris Roberts and a group of friends recently completed a bungee jump at the Highland Fling Bungee in Highland Perthshire, Scotland.
The bungee is 132 feet in height over the river Garry where jumpers are flung from the bridge.
Chris decided to use the bungee jump as part of his London Marathon fundraising.
He said, “I decided to run the marathon for Get Kids Going was that I've been lucky, in that, every sport I've wanted to try I've been able to just start. The grit and determination to be an athlete is something I've always admired.
“The Paralympics in London made a lasting impression. You don't really think about the cost of training for a sport let alone the cost of wheelchairs and transportation and equipment for a disabled person to for-fill their dream. So hopefully I will be able to raise some money to help the sport stars of the future get a little closer to where they need to be,” he added.
Chris took part in a bungee jump over the summer and thought it would be a great way to raise more money so started asking friends to join him.
“It turns out it’s quite hard to get people to willingly jump off bridge!” he laughed.
A small group of friends willing volunteered and on the 31st January Darren, Joanna and Ritchie joined Chris to take the jump!
Chris said, “We were all nervous before but once you have done it you feel amazing.”
He added, “I would definitely recommend it to anyone if they haven't done it beforeand it’s the perfect way to do a bit of fundraising at the same time.”
Chris is now well into his London Marathon training and we wish him all the best!
See you in April Chris.
Louise Hunt- what 2015 brings!
2015 brings a busy year for athletes as their training increases in a bid to compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Louise Hunt, a wheelchair tennis player, is stepping up her training after finishing 2014 on a high.
One of Louise’s highlights of 2014 occurred at the Doubles Masters in California where she reached her first final with partner Katharina Kruger. They started the Masters as fourth seeds and their semi-final match against Dutch third seeds Marolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra was regarded as the best match of the tournament.
The pair lost out in the final to the defending champions Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji who won all four Grand Slam titles in 2014 but it earnt Louise her highest ranking in the competition.
“I am incredibly proud to say I reached the final for the first time with my lovely doubles partner Katharina Kruger, we had an incredible year as a partnership and I am really excited for 2015,” she said.
December saw her good form continue as she competed in the singles and doubles at the 2014 National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester.
Louise entered the tournament as a former multiple women’s doubles National champion and former singles runner but she managed to go one better winning both events.
In the doubles she competed with a close friend, Laura Coteman beating Debbie Brazier and Val Fisher 6-0, 6-1 earning her a sixth National Doubles crown. She then went on to meet Fisher again in the singles final where she won her first National Singles title without dropping a set.
She said, “I had been waiting for, for a long time [to win the singles competition]. I’ve always wanted my name on that trophy, so was so pleased to tick that one off the bucket list.”
The run of success meant that she finished the year with her highest world rankings to date- 11th in doubles and 17th in singles.
“Finishing 2014 at my highest world rankings as well remaining ranked 3 in Great Britain was a great way to end the year.
“This year I hope to continue to improve my rankings in both singles and doubles and aim to beat a player in the top 10 for the first time,” she added.
She starts her 2015 season in this month at the ITF 3 Series North West Challenge in Preston where she hopes to continue improving, “I am really excited for the year ahead. My first tournaments are in Preston and Bolton so training has been focused on those for the past few weeks. Qualifying for Rio starts in May so I’m just training hard to ensure I’m 100% ready for then.”
Two new sports for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced the two new sports for the sixteenth Paralympics in Tokyo.
Twenty-four sports applied to be included in the Games but sailing and 7-a-side football were left out of the final decision.
Para-Taekwondo and badminton will make their debut in Tokyo, with para-cycling being included despite “serious reservations” from the governing board.
The 22 sports are: athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, canoe (new for Rio 2016), cycling, equestrian, 5-a-side football, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon (new for Rio 2016), wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
About the two new sports
- Relatively new sport
- The Para-Taekwondo Committee was set up in 2005 to develop taekwondo athletes of all disabilities
- First para-taekwondo world championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2009
- Russia are the leading country in the sport
- Players compete in singles (men/women), doubles (men/women) and mixed doubles
- There are three types of para-badminton- wheelchair, standing and short stature
- China and Great Britain are the leading countries in the sport
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.
Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.
There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!.
Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.
We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.
The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.
The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.
In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.
please help us turn their dreams into reality!.
Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, , Berlin Marathon, Ride London 100 Cycling Challenge, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, taking part in L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.