Millie's hopes for the future

Millie's hopes for the future

Millie's hopes for the future

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DAYS off for Millie Belbin are rare.

She is country's leading F38 long jumper. That is for all ages, even though she is only 13. She is also 2nd in the country for the T38 60m and third for 100m.

The categorisation comes from the fact Millie has cerebral palsy. The F stands for field, the T for track, the 3 for cerebral palsy and the 8 for its severity; in Millie's case, it is mild.

She has the condition and an enduring weakness in her right side after an illness which could have taken her life.

Millie has Wollf-Parkinson-White syndrome which means an extra electrical pathway caused her heart to beat erractically, sometimes at up to 250 beats a minute.

Her mum, Joanne, knew instinctively there was something wrong when Millie was born although it took four years to diagnose.

Her heart was beating four times faster than it should have been and an electrocardiogramt finally revealed the cause of her problems.

The condition was life-threatening.

In November, she underwent a four hour operation to remove the electrical pathway which was pushing up her heart rate.

She is now medication free and optimistic about the future.

She knows where she wants to go. "Rio," she says simply. "That is my goal."

The 2016 Paralympics are two years away and she is also hopeful of taking part in the Commonweath Games and European championships.

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