Ski girl’s double silver lining

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Twelve-year-old schoolgirl and current British junior indoor champion, Millie Wilkinson scooped two silver medals at the British Championships.

Millie, who attends Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School took silvers in slopestyle and halfpipe in Tignes, France.

She entered all four disciplines at the championships, skiercross, slopestyle, Monster Energy Rail Jamand halfpipe.

She was the youngest female athlete to reach the overall finals and competed against women twice her age.

Her results were

Fourth in the British Skiercross championships, qualified second but crashed out in the final.

Fifth in the Monster Energy Rail Jam.

Second (silver medal) in British Slopetyle Championships.

Second (silver medal ) in British Halfpipe Championships.

Millie trains at indoor slopes Chill Factore Manchester and SNO!zone Castleford weekly since the closure of the Sheffield Ski Village.

She said: “I am so pleased with these fantastic results.”

Her father Richard commented: “It just shows what you can achieve with hard work with only artificial UK slopes to train on.

“She was competing against athletes who had spent most of or all of the winter training in the European Alps.”

“During the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Team GB athletes were nicknamed the #fridgekids due to the limited facilities England has for winter sports.”

Millie is now looking forward to a busy summer of training and competitions in the UK and would like to thank her coaches Becky Hammond and James Webb for their support over the winter season.

She would also like to thank her sponsors Ski Olympic, Chill Factore, Planks Clothing and Butta Wax.