Millicent Genevieve Knight
Doctor of the University
Millie Knight is a visually impaired Paralympic athlete who competes for ParalympicsGB in alpine skiing in the slalom and giant slalom events. In 2014, Millie became Great Britain's Youngest Winter Paralympian at the age of 15 when she competed in Sochi, Russia.
Millie first tried skiing on a family holiday to France in 2006. She was invited on to the British Disabled Ski Team Development Squad in 2011 and started racing in November 2012 with her Mum as hersighted guide. She progressed to compete at international events and with her sighted guide Rachael Ferrier won three bronze medals at National Championships in Austria, two silver medals in the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Ski races in theNetherlands and then four gold medals at the IPCAS events in Austria.
In 2014, at her debut Paralympics, Millie was the ParalympicsGB flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. She competed in the slalom and giant slalom, finishing fifth in both. Millie's success continued and she won Europa Cup, World Cup, World Championship and British Championship medals in the build up to the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Italy. Here Millie and her sighted guide Brett Wild secured the first World Championship title for a British paraskier. The pair are now training for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.
Millie has lived all her life in Canterbury and this year completed her studies at The King's School in the city.