Mills jets into Queenstown for Games


British celebrity Heather Mills jetted into Queenstown this afternoon ready to compete in the Winter Games.

The ex-wife of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is a member of the British Disabled Ski Team and is one of 750 athletes descending on Queenstown and Wanaka for the games kicking off tomorrow (Thursday).  

Mills, 45, was too tired to talk after a 36-hour flight, despite looking fabulous.

The charity campaigner has a week to recover and enjoy the scenery before she competes in two prestigious World Cup-rated adaptive Slalom events at Coronet Peak.

Mills, who lost part of her left leg in a road accident in 1993, is aiming to secure qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Other high profile athletes coming including global snowboard sensation Shaun White and world number one freeskier Gus Kenworthy from the United States. 

Queenstown will host a live Lotto cross this Saturday during the Winter Games for the first time in 17 years. 

Lotto and Big Wednesday presenter Sonia Gray will announce the draw on TV2 from the Queenstown Memorial Centre during the Parklife Invitational rail jam being held on the adjacent Recreation Ground.

Gray, who will cross back to Jordan Vandermade in the Auckland studio, will be joined by Kiwi medal hopefuls, reigning Winter Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall and snowboard halfpipe representative Rebecca Sinclair.

Queenstown last played host to a live draw cross with former Lotto hosts Hillary Timmins and Grant Kereama during the 1996 Winter Festival.

Lotto is sponsoring the Games villages on Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park and Wanaka’s Ardmore Park and supplying uniforms for Games volunteers.

The villages will host all Audi quattro Winter Games medal ceremonies.