It’s all downhill now for Cleadon skier Emma

Emma Peters, 14, who is hoping to make it as a professional skier.
Emma Peters, 14, who is hoping to make it as a professional skier.
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A TEENAGE skier is hoping to reach the peak of her sport after being called up to the national team.

Emma Peters’ career is on the up, after she was named in the senior Great Britain squad – at just 14 years old.

GETTING FIT .... Coun. Joan Atkinson with skier Emma Peters, 14.

GETTING FIT .... Coun. Joan Atkinson with skier Emma Peters, 14.

Emma, from Cleadon, is already competing in events across Europe but dreams of representing her country at the Winter Olympics.

To do that, she needs to work on her physical strength, but because of the cost of training camps and races, she has struggled to meet the expense of going to the gym.

With the help of a local councillor, she now has free access to South Tyneside’s sports facilities.

Her parents, Tina and Ged, contacted Cleadon and East Boldon councillor Joan Atkinson. After hearing of Emma’s immense potential, South Tyneside Council offered her a platinum pass.

Emma, a pupil at Whitburn Academy, said: “I really want to thank Joan for all her help in organising the use of the council’s sporting facilities.

“Fitness and training play a very big part in my preparation for ski racing.

“I would not be able to compete at the level I do without the help of sponsors.”

Emma won the children’s 2011 British Indoor Grand Prix Race Series championship and the English children’s national title this year.

Coun Atkinson said: “She is very committed and has the utmost dedication to make it.

“It is a real coup for the borough to have someone with Emma’s potential and I think it’s our duty to help her achieve her dreams.”

Emma is looking for local and national companies who could part sponsor her for this winter. Without the help of sponsors, she would not be able to compete.

Anyone interested is asked to contact her father, Ged, by emailing ged3646@aol.com or calling 07712 651039.

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