Super skiers from the Valley are hoping their performance at the English finals may land them a place in the national competition final.

A team of three Haslingden High School students, Year 12s Jonathan Calvert and Adam Griffin, along with Year 7 Patrick Wilkinson, competed in the English Schools’ Ski Association North West qualifying round in Stoke - which earned them a place in the English finals in Norwich.

In Stoke, Adam posted the second fastest time down the slalom slope and Jonathan the third, making the Haslingden High team the winners.

All three skiers are members of Rossendale Race Club at The Hill – home of Ski Rossendale - and Jonathan and Adam also train at 2K which also meets at The Hill.

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Although not in the top three in the English final, the team is waiting to hear if their position will secure them a wildcard place in the British Schools Finals in Llandudno in November.

Haslingden High School students who competed at the Chill Factore competition
Haslingden High School students who competed at the Chill Factore competition

Patrick has been skiing since he was three. Starting initially at the Chill Factore, at age four he switched to skiing in Rossendale and at eight joined the Rossendale Race Team.

He said: “My mum and granddad usually take me skiing twice a year.

“My favourite ski resorts are Alpbach in Austria and Pila in Italy.”

Patrick was also in one of two school teams to compete in the National Snowsports Association Schools open competition at the indoor slope at the Chill Factore. The boys’ team of Patrick, Oliver Harwood and Jeremy Nuttall finished in first place, while a mixed team of Eilidh Aindow, Erin Mellish and Zayn Horlock were fourth.

Eilidh was the first in the U21s and Patrick was fourth in the U14s.

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