Emma’s queen of the slopes

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WEARSIDE skiing prodigy Emma Peters has underlined her rich promise by winning a national title and a clutch of gold medals, writes Graeme Anderson.

The 15-year-old from Cleadon took on and beat a large field of racers to win the women’s Overall Title in the English ski cross indoor championships held at ChillfactorE in Manchester.

And last weekend Emma competed in a different skiing discipline, alpine slalom racing, where she won gold on both days’ racing at the ‘British Indoor Grand Prix Series’ held at Xscape snow dome in Castleford

The talented teenager is already a triple English National senior squad athlete in Alpine, Freestyle & AS, but ski cross – a recognised Winter Olympics event – is her passion.

The relatively new ski racing sport, included in the last Winter Olymics in Vancouver, is similar to motor cross with head-to-head skiing, bumps, jumps and banked turns.

And Emma, a year 10 pupil at Whitburn Academy, is proving to be an absolute star at it.

She will still need more sponsors if she is to realistically pursue her hopes of qualifying for the next youth Winter Olympics though.

She trains at Manchester’s ChillfactorE snow dome twice a week as well as training at Xscape in, Castleford, incurring a journey of 800 miles each week.

Her dad, Ged, said: “Emma loves the competitive element to it – you are competing against other racers, whereas Alpine skiing sees the racers compete against the clock.

“She trains for 10-12 weeks a year in Austria and coupled with the cost of equipment and the fact her brother Jack trains with the British disabled team, it is very expensive for us.

“A pair of skis costs between £900 and £1,000 and she uses eight pairs a year.

“She has received support, but it is difficult attracting sponsors in the current climate where money is tight for everyone.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Emma can email Ged Peters – ged3646@aol.com.