Islington’s Mills set for World Games in Abu Dhabi

Lily Mills at the Chiswick Christmas lights event

Lily Mills at the Chiswick Christmas lights event - Credit: Archant

Competition takes place in the United Arab Emirates from March 14-21

Islington teenager Lily Mills will represent Great Britain in tennis at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates this week.

The multi-sport event takes place in the city of Abu Dhabi from March 14-21, with entrants travelling from across the globe to compete.

Mills, who is ranked second among UK tennis players with learning disabilities, will hope to return from the UAE with a medal in her luggage.

The 18-year-old told the Evening Standard: “I’m really proud to be representing GB at the Special Olympics.

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“Tennis has given me opportunities to travel, to meet new people and try new things.

“I’ve got lots of hopes for the future now.”

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Mills has played tennis competitively since the age of 12 and featured in a promotional video ahead of the games alongside England men’s football manager Gareth Southgate, former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye and Paralympic swimming legend Ellie Simmonds.

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