Gold for Dronfield teen at British Championship

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It’s been a busy winter season for teenage freestyle skier Millie Wilkinson.

The 13-year-old saw her hard work on the practice slopes pay off at the start of the year when she teamed up with the England’s Park and Pipe team in Verbier, Switzerland.

She was chosen to attend that January session with the Warren Smith Ski Academy and followed it up with another week’s training across the border in Tignes, France in February.

Millie, who attends Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, went back out to Tignes in March and trained with her fellow England team-mates in preparation for national competition.

The British Championship Competition, held in Tignes, saw the country’s best compete and Millie came home to Dronfield with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Millie turned 13 at the start of the year and was the youngest female in the under-16s category at an event attended by more than 200 skiers and boarders.

Dad, Richard, said: “She entered three disciplines and gained podium positions in all three.

“During the bangers and cash rail competition, she was the only girl to hit the huge canon rail, gaining her a gold medal position.”

She gained gold in the U16s Girls Bangers & Cash Rail Competition, silver in the U16s Girls Halfpipe, bronze in the U16s Girls Slopestyle and bronze in the Women’s Halfpipe.