Millie Knight, the youngest athlete to represent ParalympicsGB at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, will have the honour of carrying the flag for the British team at the Opening Ceremony.
Knight turned 15 on the day she was selected to ParalympicsGB and is set to make her Games debut in Sochi, competing in the sport of Alpine Skiing with her guide Rachael Ferrier.
Millie said: “This is the best feeling ever! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony and I’m honoured to be out there representing ParalympicsGB alongside all of the other nations. “This was such a surprise but I’ll try and make the team proud. I was really excited just to be competing in Sochi and to be going to the Opening Ceremony so it just keeps getting better and better.”
“I hope it’s going to be a great atmosphere. I watched the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics and I’m sure they’re going to put on a good show.”
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe congratulated Millie, saying: “At just 15 years of age, it is a fantastic achievement to be competing at your first Paralympic Games and I am delighted to confirm that Millie will be carrying the flag for the British team during the celebrations for the Opening Ceremony.
“Millie is a very talented athlete and an exciting prospect for the future, therefore she is the perfect representative for the team on this occasion. I hope that she enjoys every second of the ceremony in the Fisht Stadium, but I know that her focus will remain on her races which will soon begin in Rosa Khutor. I’d like to wish her and the rest of the team the very best of luck as they aim to go out there and produce their personal best performances.”
Millie will be joined at the Opening Ceremony by her guide Rachael Ferrier and fellow skiers Ben Sneesby and James Whitley, with the remainder of the athletes watching from their respective villages as they are due to compete early the next morning. The remainder of the ski team are entered in the Downhill on Day One while Wheelchair Curling face Canada at 0930 at the Ice Cube Curling Centre.
The Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on Friday March 7.
Find out more about ParalympicsGB at Sochi at sochi.paralympics.org.uk