While Royal Navy submariner, Brett Wild, and Paralympic athlete, Millie Knight, approach the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, the RNWSA Alpine Championships (Royal Navy Alpine Championships) are in full swing in Tignes, France.

This January, with snow covering parts of the UK, a Royal Navy contingent have travelled further afield, to snow covered slopes across Europe, to compete in a variety of events.

Brett and Millie strike gold

For over a year, Brett Wild has been a ski guide for partially sighted Millie Knight, prior to this he was a steward on HMS Ambush. The strong partnership between the two has seen them collect 4 gold medals in 4 races at the Innerkrems World Cup, including golds in the Super G and the women’s downhill visually impaired race.

A fantastic start to the year for Brett and Millie and confidence will be high as they prepare for the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships, which get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January.

The forthcoming championships will feature 140 skiers from 30 countries in the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) congratulate both Millie and Brett on their already incredible medal haul and wish them the best of luck in their remaining preparations for PyeongChang 2018.

The RNRMC take on Tignes

Next, we slalom 400 miles west, across the width of Italy, to Tignes, where men and women from the Royal Navy flock for a fortnight of skiing and snowboarding. The Royal Navy Alpine Championships commenced on January 7 and will run until January 21.

A recent post from the ‘Royal Navy Winder Sports – RNWSA’ Facebook page gave an update on the event,

“After an outstanding first week in the French Alps for the RNSWA Alpine Championships, its round 2 and race week as we see competitors from across the Fleet take part in a variety of races.”

Visit the RNWSA Facebook page here

Cheering on team PWLS

The PWLS team are representing the RNRMC at the championships with Trustee, Gary Nicolson, competing in the team. The below photo was taken on the slopes, in the glorious sunshine and you can spot Gary on the left of the sign (wearing number 46). We are all cheering the team on from back home and look forward to hearing how they get on in the competition.

Bookings are still being taken for the event, so if you want to grab a weekend on the slopes, you can, by visiting