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Athlete Millie is a gold medal hero

Champion performance: Millie Forrest, 18, won gold for the shotput and silver for discus

Champion performance: Millie Forrest, 18, won gold for the shotput and silver for discus

A teenage athlete has turned golden girl with her success the World Junior Games.

Millie Forrest, 18, who has cerebral palsy, gained the gold medal for shotput at the games in Stoke Mandeville.

She also picked up a silver medal for discus.

Millie, of Longridge, said of the shotput: “I was determined to get there so it was great, even though my 6.55 metre score didn’t reach my personal best of 6.70, it was the best to get gold.

“There were five of us competing, two of us from GB, two from Ireland and one from the United Aram Emirates.

“It was all such an amazing experience competing with them as well as being in Team GB, and also being around people who’d been in the Commonwealth Games and the paralympics.”

The former Longridge High School pupil was staying away from home for the first time to compete in an event. Millie overcame first-time nerves through bonding really well with her team mates – and knowing that she had huge support back home from mum and dad Justine and Chris and siblings Alex and Christopher. Millie’s next contest is at the UK School Games in Manchester next month for mixed ability and able-bodied athletes, and she is competing for the north west in the shotput.

 

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