Get Kids Going! Visually Impaired Skier, Millie Knight, and her Guide Brett are having a wonderful start to their skiing season winning a Silver medal in their first race! Here’s Millie’s take on things below….
We arrived in Stubai, Austria in December to get some training in before the first World Cup events in Kuhtai. The training went well considering Brett and I had not skied together since July, due to me being not that well for most of the Summer. So, we took it steady and worked on our communication and ski techniques with our marvellous new coach, Amanda.
Our first race was slalom, never my favourite discipline, but we skied well and managed a silver medal!. We were really thrilled with this result and felt very confident going into the Giant Slalom the next day. Unfortunately, this was a very tough course and I felt a bit overwhelmed. My confidence gave way to doubting my ability and I didn’t ski that well however, Brett was marvellous, as was our sport psych Kelley Fay, so between Kelley and Brett and Amanda, they put my head back together and I galvanised myself enough to put down a much better run, putting us in 3rd place with a bronze medal.
On Day 3, Brett and I had a plan, which turned out to be a good one! After the 1st run we were lying 3rd but really pleased that we had skied well and steady. In the second run we felt good so added some more speed. When we got to the bottom we knew we had done well but had to wait for the two fastest girls to finish before we could celebrate a Gold and fastest female of the day!
We then travelled to Switzerland for the last four races where we won another World Cup GS Gold! We are so chuffed… we can't quite believe what we have achieved. It is definitely going to be tougher from now as everyone is warmed up and ready to give it their all.
Thank you to everyone at Get Kids Going, especially all the kind donations you give us, to help us keep reaching our optimum potential. We couldn't do it all without you. We will keep you posted about our progress throughout the rest of the season.Sending a big big Thank you to everyone.
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 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and the 2020 Tokyo 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, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, 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.