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MILLIE KNIGHT PARALYMPIAN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Millie's story is an amazing tale of self belief and never giving up, she lost most of her sight at the age of six due to an infection, shorty afterwards she started skiing. In 2011 she was invited to Hintertux, Austria with the British Disabled Ski Team to see how she coped with the skiing at a professional level. A lot has happened in the last four years for Millie.

In her own words "My first races were in November 2012 in Landgraaff, Holland. It was here where we achieved our first medal. My guide helps me down a course with the use of a bluetooth SENA intercom system inside our helmet.

People always ask me if it is scary, but it isn’t. I don’t really see all the hazards that are on the slopes, I certainly don’t see the gate; that’s why a good guide is so important. I have had many guides, my Mum was once my guide but she got a bit too slow – but don’t tell her that – I have had various other guides since then, even members of the squad have stepped up to take on the job. I have had my coach Euan Bennet race with me when my full-time guide Jen Kehoe ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament whilst training. Thank goodness we won two golds so that his street cred, as a coach, remained intact.

So to date we have done well – winning 2 bronze medals, 2 silver, 4 gold and two 5ths at Sochi.
Most recently, I became the first GB skier (disabled or non-disabled) to win a World Cup Crystal Globe!”

An amzing achievement in such a short space of time, the portraits over the years have helped Millie in terms of sponsorship and publicity, these have included features in The Times, Sunday Express and Guardian newspapers. The photos today were taken at King's School in Canterbury where Millie is a pupil. All taken with the 24-70mm lens, some with natural light and a reflector and a few with the SB 910 flash gun off camera, the top image with Canterbury Cathedral in the background was my favourite from the shoot.
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