TV quiz champ aims to put ri­vals out for count

Stockport Express - - News - ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

AMUM will do bat­tle with some of the quick­est minds in the coun­try as she ap­pears on TV show Count­down’s Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons.

Tracey Mills, 43, from cen­tral Stock­port, has been asked to go up against 15 other con­tes­tants af­ter pre­vi­ous suc­cesses on the pro­gramme, which tests vo­cab­u­lary and nu­mer­acy.

Last year she won eight con­sec­u­tive shows then re­turned to take part in that se­ries’ grand fi­nal, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing sec­ond. Now the mu­mof-three has been in­vited back for the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons, against other heavy­weights from the last few years.

Amaz­ingly Tracey does not have GCSE English or maths and is cur­rently study­ing a col­lege foun­da­tion course to en­able her to be­gin study­ing for th­ese qual­i­fi­ca­tions next year.

She said: “It is the 16 best play­ers from the last few se­ries so the com­pe­ti­tion will be tough, I was run­ner up in se­ries 72.

“It is one of my proud­est mo­ments be­ing in the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons. I’ve been drawn against one of the best play­ers in the show’s history.

“I’ve played him on­line three times and run him close but not beat him yet, he is very good. I’ll pre­pare by watch­ing lots of shows and play­ing on­line.”

The se­ries of match ups has al­ready been recorded but all con­tes­tants are sworn to se­crecy about the re­sult un­til the pro­gramme has aired on Chan­nel 4.

Tracey, a mum-of-three teenage sons who lives with her hus­band Mark on Ebb­dale Close, will be shown on Jan­uary 7 and is giv­ing noth­ing away about how she got on.

She cur­rently at­tends Stock­port Col­lege and hopes to even­tu­ally study a de­gree in crim­i­nol­ogy and work for the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

Orig­i­nally Tracey went on Count­down 12 years ago but lost her first game.

Upon her re­turn last year she won eight in a row, the most pos­si­ble, be­fore re­tir­ing un­de­feated – then re­turned for the se­ries grand fi­nal in March for peo­ple who have won six or more.

Tracey said: “When you see your­self on telly you no­tice things, like I saw I had grey hair so went out and got it dyed.

“I have been recog­nised a couple of times at col­lege and in the su­per­mar­ket with peo­ple shout­ing ‘you’re the one on Count­down’.

“It’s nice and ev­ery­one is very friendly about it but it’s a bit weird.”

Tracey Mills dur­ing her eight-show win­ning run on Count­down

Tracey Mills is due back on the TV again

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