Skier Amy lands bursary

Local skier, Amy Stokoe from Widdrington Village, is continuing to hit the slopes … and performing well. The award of a bursary will also enable her to attend a race camp in Italy in the new year.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th November 2019, 8:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 10:49 am
Alain Baxter presenting Amy with 1st Overall Female trophy at the Gordons Skiers Indoor Open Race.
Alain Baxter presenting Amy with 1st Overall Female trophy at the Gordons Skiers Indoor Open Race.

She was first overall female in the recent Gordon’s Skiers indoor race and first U16 female. The club is based in Aberdeen but held their inaugural indoor snow ski race in the Snow Factor, Glasgow.

Amy, aged 14, is a pupil at KEVI in Morpeth, and she has been selected onto the English Schools Senior Ski Squad 2020, following the ESSKIA Qualifier Race back in September.

She has also won a bursary from the British Ski Academy to attend a two week race camp in January 2020 at their winter base in Pila, Aosta Valley, Italy. The coaching team is headed-up by Olympian Alain Baxter.

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The bursary was a prize for being second overall in Under 16’s category of the GBR Summer Race Series which was sponsored by the British Ski Academy. The series was held at slopes throughout Great Britain and featured 10 races indoors and outdoors.

Other podiums for Amy during the summer included:

British Indoor Ski Championships in August in Manchester - 2nd Under 16 female category, slalom.

2nd Overall female in pro-slalom at Anglo-Welsh Championships in Manchester.

Scottish Alpine Dryslope Championships at Hillend, Edinburgh in September-3rd Under 16 females in Giant Slalom.

Amy has just returned from two weeks in Saas Fee, Switzerland training slalom and giant slalom with the British Ski Academy at the start of the winter season.

She will resume training abroad at the end of December to compete in the New Year in not just slalom, giant slalom but also super-g races in the Artemis Anglo-Scottish races held in Pila, Italy.

It is envisaged she will then compete in the Welsh Alpine Ski Championships in January in Champery, Switzerland and the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy in February.

Hopefully Amy will qualify to compete in the British Championships which will be held in Tignes, France in April.

NETBALL

Latest results from the Northumberland Ladies Winter Netball League are:

Division 2 – Blyth Valley Vixens A 39 v Concordia B 30; Morpeth A 43 v Wansbeck C 12; Morpeth B 23 v Panthers 32; Ponteland 58 v Wansbeck D 22.

Division 3 – Medics B 55 v Seatonians 2; Astley C 7 v Seaton Burn 17.

CLIMBING

Fred Williams (12) from Alnwick has been selected to join the climbing GB National Development Squad for the second year running.

In November he competed in Sheffield at a gruelling two day event designed to select the best young climbers in the country. Fred proved he was consistent across all three climbing disciplines achieving second place in lead (roped) climbing, fourth in bouldering and fourth in speed which gave him a combined result of second.

The British Mountaineering Council have confirmed this is good enough to gain him a place on the 2020 GB National Development Squad.

Fred says, “I’m really pleased to be on the GB Squad again for 2020. I can’t wait for the competition season to start.”