Ribble Valley skiers earn England selection

Ribblesdale High Schools ski squad
Ribblesdale High Schools ski squad

Three Ribblesdale High School pupils have been selected for the English Senior Ski Race squad after impressing on the slopes at the British Schools’ Slalom Championships.

Will Austin was the star of the show when finishing second in the individual event out of 78 competitors from all over the country and he was called up alongside Ciaran Bradwell and Eleanor Jessop. The trio will travel to Geilo in Norway at the beginning of next year for a week’s training.

Will has also been selected for the role of a Snowsport England Ambassador starting next summer when the dry slope season begins.

The role demands exemplary behaviour, hard work and showing the sport in the best light possible. It also involves inspiring younger athletes to continue taking part in the sport.

Meanwhile, in the team event at the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre, the girls came 14th out of 24 schools and the boys team came eighth out of 24 schools.

To reach the finals both teams had to come in the top 10 in the qualifying competition in Norwich, which is an excellent achievement in itself.

And to top it all off, Rebecca Heselton will be going to Pila in Italy in March after being selected for the English Junior Ski Race squad.