Rochdale News | Sports News | Whitworth ski team best in Burnley and Rossendale competition

Date published: June 27, 2022

Novice skiers at Whitworth Community High School enjoyed five weeks of training sessions and went on to win a ski competition.

Five schools took part in the event organized by Rossendale School Sports Partnership in partnership with Burnley School Sports Partnership at The Hill, home of Ski Rossendale and funded by Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

A school ski trip is planned by Whitworth for next year and so for the students it was a chance to learn some skills before hitting the snowy slopes.

Eleven pupils attended the ski practice sessions and nine returned to take part in the festival – the Burnley and Rossendale Secondary School ski competition.

The school skiers won the team event and individually Autumn Jones finished second in the girls with Katie Needham third while Sam Young finished second in the boys.

Katie, 15, said: “We had the lessons on the practice track and then the last event was on the big track so we had to get on the ski lift, some people fell trying to get on.

“I love skiing, I’ve been waterskiing before and it’s really cold when we land at Cowm Reservoir. I’m really looking forward to the school ski trip.

Sam, 15, said: “We had to race down the big slope and around the poles in a slalom. The boys’ fastest time was 11.7 seconds and I fell back to 12.1.

“I had never skied before and had only taken lessons for five weeks. I’m going on a ski trip with the school.

The goal of the ski training and competition program was to help build the confidence of students who have never represented their school before and who may not have the opportunity to ski outside of school.

Ruth J. Leeds