With one national title already under her belt by the age of 14, it’s little wonder Dronfield freestyle skier Millie Wilkinson is already eyeing up a place with Team GB.
A British champion come early 2015, the 15-year-old knows exactly what it takes to win and with her career still in its early stages, you wouldn’t bet against her taking more crowns.
And while PyeongChang early next year will be a step too far, every bit of work could be preparation for a Winter Olympic Games berth for the teenager.
The next step on that journey could come as soon as this winter for Wilkinson, confident the world stage could be in sight if she keeps putting in the hard yards.
“Overall British champion has been the highlight of my career so far,” said the slopestyle starlet, a member of Snowsport England Home Nations Park and Pipe Academy.
“This season I would love to get out to the World Junior Championships, that’s my main goal.
“I think I’ve got a good chance of doing that, and further along I want to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
“I’ve had support from SportsAid which has made a massive difference and I’m very thankful. It allowed me to go out to different competitions, not having to rely too heavily on my parents.”
SportsAid, a charity which helps with funding and training for the next generation of top stars.
That saw her take part in SportsAid Week – a fundraising drive designed to support the next generation of athletes striving to represent Team GB and ParalympicsGB at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Henry Fanshawe student was invited to the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for a special SportsAid Week event run by Snowsport England.
Wilkinson and fellow SportsAid-supported athletes took to the indoor slope to help shine a spotlight on the dedication and commitment of young sports stars as part of the #MyMiles challenge for SportsAid Week.
She was also joined by five-time overall national champion and four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott, who is confident that starlets such as Wilkinson can follow in her Winter Olympic footsteps.
“For people to come down and see the commitment that professional athletes put into the sport in order to be better every single day is really great,” she said.
“You get cold, you get chilly and sometimes you fall over, and that’s all part of being a professional athlete.
“Having been the recipient of a SportsAid grant when I was younger, it really was the turning point, that someone was believing in me.
“I was a little girl with a big dream, I just wanted to be my best, and so for that to be the first award I ever received, it showed I was on the right track.
“If you get involved in SportsAid, you’re giving people who want to be the best in sport they can be that chance.”
n You can help support the next generation of British Olympians and Paralympians by making a regular or one-off donation to SportsAid. Please visit www.sportsaid.org.uk/get-involved/donate/ for more information.