TV quiz champ aims to put rivals out for count
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