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IPC: Mills' 'disgraceful outburst left staff shocked'

Heather Mills' alleged outburst left the head of the Paralympic alpine skiing committee "extremely shocked and upset", according to a spokesman for the sporting authority.

"Heather's aggressive behaviour and verbal abuse has left Sylvana [Mestre] extremely shocked and upset," said Craig Spence, the International Paralympic Committee's Director of Communications, in a statement.

"Para-athletes are role models and an inspiration to billions of people around the world. This disgraceful outburst is not what we expect from any athletes competing in our competitions and will not be tolerated."

Heather Mills was hoping to compete in a ski event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Credit: PA Wire

Mills claims Mestre shouted at her, with her management team accusing the IPC of waging a "vendetta" against her.

The IPC said the incident involving Mills and Mestre was witnessed by a number of people, and insisted Ms Mestre was just trying to enforce the rules and offer the former model a solution to the issue.

"There can be no excuse for such aggressive and intimidating behaviour towards such a highly respected and experienced official within the Paralympic Movement."

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British Paralympic team 'saddened' by Mills' withdrawal

The British Paralympic Association has said they were "saddened" by Heather Mills' withdrawal from the selection process for the 2014 Sochi Paralympic game following a dispute with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) over her adaptive equipment.

The IPC have since accused Mills of "harassing a Paralympic official" after the decision, however the former model's spokesman claimed there was a "vendetta" against her.

In a joint statement, the British Paralympic Association and British Disabled Ski Team said: "The British Disabled Ski Team were informed by IPC Skiing that there was an issue with the adaptive equipment that Heather Mills was using that needed to be addressed before she would be allowed to compete.

Heather Mills was hoping to compete in a ski event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Credit: PA Wire

"As a result of this and on the back of an injury, Heather Mills has decided to resign from BDST, thereby removing herself from the selection process for the Sochi Paralympic Games.

"Occasionally in sport equipment issues arise, especially with adaptive equipment and the interpretation of the rules in relation to its use.

"Therefore we are all saddened that she has decided to retire at this stage, rather than working with BDST and IPC Skiing to resolve the issue."


Gymnast's body cast in bronze

Bronze and marble casts of Olympic and Paralympic champions are going on display in Hampshire.

The 11 sculptures which include this cast of silver medallist Lewis Smith will be exhibited in Fleet until November.

Olympic silver medallist Lewis Smith is cast in Bronze Credit: Hart District Council

Blade runner Oscar Pistorius and five times Olympian swimmer Mark Foster also feature in the exhibition.

Artist Ben Dearnley said "My Olympic work focuses on the core strengths of each Olympic and Paralympic athlete I have worked with, capturing something of the essence of what it is that makes them the best in the world at what they do."

The finished art work by artist Ben Dearnley Credit: Hart District Council


Gurkha prepares for games

A Gurkha soldier from Folkestone is preparing for his first paralympic games after he was introduced to sport through the army's Battle Back Programme.

Lance Corporal Netra Rana is one of three former or serving members of the British Army in Team GB's two sitting volleyball teams.

The 28-year-old who served with 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, had his lower left leg amputated after being injured by an IED on patrol in Afghanistan in January 2008.

He was introduced to the sport through the Battle Back Programme in 2009 and was named adaptive sportsman of the year at the Army Sports Awards in 2011.

World number 1 prepares for Paralympics

Visual impairment is no bar to Brighton's Ben Quilter. He was fifth at the paralympics in Beijing. He's now ranked number one in the world and has set his sights on London gold. The thirty year old trains at the Judo performance centre at Dartford in Kent.

He has a rare genetic conditon called macular degeneration, which is often seen in elderly people. His focus is on his first bout but as Penny Silvester explains, there's another important date looming.

Penny spoke to Ben and his dad Roy Quilter.