SKIING


More Skiing sucess for Get Kids Going! at the IPC World Championships (11/03/2015)

 

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Millie Knight and her guide, Jen Kehoe, have added another medal to their growing collection with a bronze in the women’s visually impaired slalom.

 

On the last day of the IPC Skiing World Championships in Panorama. Canada the Get Kids Going! athlete finished the two runs in 3rd place with a time of 2:31:81 securing the bronze medal.

 

The event was won by Aleksandra Franceva and guide Semen Pliaskin with the silver medal going to Melissa Perrine and guide Andrew Borr.

 

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The other members of the Get Kids Going! skiing team were also in action on the final day of the World Championships.

 

James Whitley came a fantastic 9th in the men’s standing slalom an improvement on his position at the Sochi Paralympics.

 

In the Men’s sitting slalom Ben Sneesby managed made the race of his life finishing in 6th.

 

Benji Millard, who was competing in his first major Championships, sadly did not finish the race.

 

The team have had an amazing time out in Canada and we are extremely pleased of all of them and how well they have done!

 

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Get Kids Going! has their first medal of the IPC Skiing World Championships (09/02/2015)

 

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Millie Knight and her guide Jen Kehoe have won a silver medal in the Visually Impaired Giant Slalom in Canada.

 

Millie and Jen won the first run by over a second and a half but the Russian pair of Frantceva and Semen Pliaskin came out in the second running fighting to take gold.

 

Millie and Jen finished with silver with a time of 2:24:05 making Millie the youngest medallist at the competition.

 

“Today has been amazing, the course has been fantastic. I am very happy with my race,” said Millie.

Jen added, “We’ve been working really hard in training just keeping our distance constant and clean and I think we achieved that today. We’re really happy.”

 

Millie also tweeted saying, "@getkidsgoing we couldn't have done it without your support #thankyou"

 

Our other Get Kids Going! athletes Ben Sneesby and James Whitely have also competed in Panorama.

 

Ben’s first event was the Super-G where he finished in 16th position- a fantastic result as it was his first speed event at a major championships.

 

Over the weekend he also competed in the Men’s Sitting Giant Slalom where he finished 16th after two races.

 

James competed in the men’s Giant Slalom Standing class where he met his Sochi 2014 competitors for the first time since the Paralympics.

 

After two races James finished in a very good 18th place!

 

Our skiers have a few more events to compete in before the competition ends on Tuesday so we wish them all the best!

 

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Get Kids Going! Ski team compete in World Championships in Canada (06/03/2015)

 

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Four Get Kids Going! athletes are currently competing in the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada.

 

After a superb winter season, visually impaired skier Millie Knight is hoping to continue picking up the medals.

 

Millie has impressed this seson picking up three World Cup golds and a silver and winning the overall World Cup Grand Slalom title.

 

After being Team GB’s flag bearer Millie is hoping to improve on her two 5th places she took at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.

 

Other members of the Get Kids Going! team include sit skiers Ben Sneesby and Benji Millard and standing class skier James Whitely.

 

Ben and James are also hoping for improvements from Sochi and are looking to finish in the top ten.

 

For Benjim it is his first major Championship and he cannot wait to get started!

 

Millie's mum, Suzanne is out in Panorama for us and will be keeping us imformed with how the team are getting on.

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Charlotte Evans to miss out on Para-alpine World Championships (26/02/2015)

 

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Paralympic champion’s Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans have had to briefly part company so Kelly can ski in the World Championships.

 

Charlotte and Kelly collided during training in January with Charlotte coming out worse with concussion.

 

In order to compete in the World Championships Kelly will begin training with coach Ross Green later this week.

 

The rest of the Get Kids Going! alpine ski team which includes visually impaired skier Millie Knight and sit-skiers, Ben Sneesby and Benji Millard have been out in Canada since last week.

 

They have been training in Kimberley but moved over to Panorama on Friday.

 

Suzanne Knight, Millie’s mum told us, “Millie and Jen are training hard whilst Mick, Ben and Benji are doing the speed events.”

 

“It’s a beautiful place and the snow is not too bad either!” she added.

 

The IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships take held in Panorama, Canada run between 28th February and 10th March.

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Millie Knight wins the World Cup! (05/02/2015)

 

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Get Kids Going’s Millie Knight and her guide Jen Kehoe have become World Cup Visually Impaired Champions 2014/15 after winning their second gold medal in the giant slalom at the final World Cup event of the season in St. Moritiz, Switzerland.

 

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.

 

Suzanne Knight, Millie’s mum spoke to us after the race, “We are pretty chuffed, but the main feeling at the moment is shock! This is her first World Cup and to come out on top is just amazing.”

 

Millie has two more races this week in the slalom which will be a slightly bigger challenge but the team are still hopeful, “We are not sure if she will medal in these, giant slalom is really her event but after such a high who knows what will happen,” said Suzanne.

 

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.

 

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Superb World Cup for Get Kids Going’s Millie Knight (05/02/2015)

 

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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.

 

Suzanne Knight, Millie’s mum spoke to us after the race, “We are pretty chuffed, but the main feeling at the moment is shock! This is her first World Cup and to come out on top is just amazing.”

 

Wednesday’s slalom event was their first ever World Cup Slalom and they finished second to Danielle Umstead of the USA but in her final race of the meet there was nothing to split the pair both finishing with a time 1:58.62.

 

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.

 

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Another gold for Millie Knight (02/05/2015)

 

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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.

 

Knight beat Danielle Umstead from USA and Marie-Morgane Dessart of Belgium in a time of 2.09.20.

 

The IPC World Cup finals will continue until Thursday 5th February.