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Mills could join Paralympic team

Heather Mills could be heading to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games as a competitor.

The 42-year-old ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney, who lost part of her left leg in a road accident in 1993, has been offered a trial in the British disabled ski team's development squad for the games in Sochi, Russia.

The often outspoken former model and charity campaigner showed how having an artificial limb did not need to be a barrier when it comes to physical activities, when she took part in TV celebrity skating show Dancing On Ice earlier this year.

And now she could be swapping the ice rink for the ski slopes.

British team manager Dave Chugg told the BBC: "Heather is only at the first stage of a journey that we hope will lead to her becoming a full squad member.

"She has made clear her ambition to represent Great Britain in adaptive ski racing and approached the British disabled ski team to try out for our development squad.

"During the trial period with the development squad she will have the opportunity to develop her skills and follow a set programme both inside and outside of our squad setting.

"This will allow us to judge her progression from her current standard of being a very good recreational skier towards becoming a racer.

"She has been invited onto the development team for the trial period because she is outside the usual age and ski profile for the team. However, she has shown good levels of fitness and determination."

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