Amy selected for English schools’ primary ski squad

A Northumbrian girl has plenty of reason to celebrate now it has been confirmed she had been selected by the English Schools’ Ski Association for its primary squad in 2016.

Amy Maltby, 10, of Widdrington, said: “It’s brilliant news.”

Proud mum Helen added: “Amy is so excited. Her friend from Pendle in Lancashire rang her on the way home from school to say she too had a place.

“The two compete against one another at races around the country but have become good friends and keep in touch via Instagram.”

The primary squad will travel to Landgraaf in Holland for a four-day training camp at the SnowWorld indoor ski centre with ESSkiA coaches in April.

Squad members and coaches also have to attend a training day on Saturday, January 9, to help build team spirit.

As part of the selection process, Amy attended a training day in June then competed as a member of her school mixed team in the inter-regional race in September at Silksworth, Sunderland.

Amy attends Dr Thomlinson Middle School in Rothbury and is in Year 6.

Amy will be organising a fund-raiser in the new year to help raise money for her trip.

“Maybe it will be busking,” said her mum. “She enjoys playing the clarinet, so maybe she can play a few tunes in the village hall, and friends and family can attend and throw a few pennies in her ski helmet.”

Amy added: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the letter.

“I’m so excited to be on the squad. I’ll get to ski on snow and make some more friends.”

In August, Amy trained in Landgraaf, Holland, and during the October half-term school holiday she attended a training camp in Austria, giving her some more snow experience on the Hintertux glacier.