Ski star in great form on the slopes

Amy Stokoe in action during a ski slope race in Rossendale.
Amy Stokoe in action during a ski slope race in Rossendale.

A YOUNG skier is continuing to make her mark on the dry slopes.

And Amy Stokoe of Widdrington Village got to meet one of her heroes at a special session.

During the summer season, she entered a Club National Ski Race at the Pendle ski-slope in Lancashire and had to compete in the Under 10 female category as there is not an Under 8 category at Club National level – she had turned eight only two weeks before the event.

However, Amy was undaunted and performed very well to finish third. She received a lovely trophy.

Pendle is the home slope of Dave Ryding, who skied for Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, and is hoping to qualify and be selected for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

Amy was delighted to meet him at the Silksworth dry slope in Sunderland, where she regularly trains, when he came along to run a session for keen racers. He signed her skis and ski helmet.

Competing for the Silksworth Tigers Ski Development Squad, she was second in the Under 8s Female category in the Rossendale Summer Ski Race League. Points were built up in races and time trials between May and September.

The Pendle Winter Ski Series started earlier this month, with teams of four representing their club.

Amy is the youngest in the team – the other children are 10 and 11. They are skiing in the Under 13 category and came an encouraging fifth in the first event.