Schoolgirl Amy’s on the downhill track to success

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A young skier from Widdrington in Northumberland was third in the British Indoor Slope Ski Championships (under 12 females category).

The evnt was held at the Chill Factore in Manchester when 0 year-old Amy Stokoe claimed the bronze medal.

This was a great achievement for her as she mainly trains on an artificial slope at Silksworth in Sunderland. She has only recently started to do more snow training at Xscape in Castleford.

Amy also took a podium, third place,in the All England Champs 2015 (under 12 female category)- this event was organised by Snowsport England.

Amy has retained the title of Under 10 Female Champion in the Rossendale Summer Ski League, Lancashire, winning it two years in a row.

Races in this event are held monthly from May-September.

Amy has also recently skied as part of her school ski team, along with Jessica Gardiner and Edward Gardiner. The pupils attend Dr Thomlinson’s C of E Middle School in Rothbury. The mixed team raced in the North of England Schools Mixed Championship organised by ESSKIA in late September.

Amy raced in the Scottish Dryslope Championships on 26/27 September at Hillend in Edinburgh. This was the first time she’s skied there and the slope is about 3.5 times the length of the slope at Sunderland. Amy was fifth on the Saturday in the Slalom (under 12 females) and fifth on the Sunday in the Giant Slalom (under 12 females). This event was very well attended with racers from all over Scotland.

Over the summer she has attended training sessions not only at her local slope in Sunderland but also at Pendle in Lancashire, the Chill Factore in Manchester, Xscape in Castleford and also in Landgraaf in Holland, the latter being the second largest Snowdome in the world.

Amy is looking forward to more snow training at halfterm on the Hintertux Glacier in Austria.