Buckingham skier Sarah Glasgow has been named in the England Under 14 Development Squad for the 2014/15 season due to her impressive form over the last 12 months.
Sarah, who lives in Moorhen Way in Buckingham, is currently ranked second for slalom and fifth for giant slalom in her age group in Britain.
The 12-year-old has also been granted leave from the Royal Latin School so she can train for up to 12 weeks in the winter with her team, Austrian-based Ambition Racing.
Her coach, Marc Telling, said: “As a long term athlete on the Ambition Team, Sarah has progressed consistently over recent years, developing a good base of technique for us to build on in the future. She’s a strong competitor and is always a threat for podium places when competing.”
Sarah has recently gained sponsorship from Julie Barnard of JMB Advanced Clinical Massage, who regularly treats Sarah and advises on best practise to maintain optimum performance.
Julie said: “I was very proud of Sarah when I was told of her selection to the England team but not at all surprised.
“She is so committed to her training and dedicated to being in the best physical shape, which is really important while she’s still growing. It is a real honour to play a small part in helping Sarah prepare for what I know will be a bright and successful future.”
Having started skiing at the age of three, Sarah now trains twice a week at SnoZone with Ski MK Race Team and three times a week at Swan Pool..
Sarah has had a mixed 2014 so far with a niggling knee injury forcing her to miss much of the season. However, in January, she finished first in the Anglo Scottish Cup before claiming third at the English Championships in February. The indoor season has included one first place finish – in the Team Dual Slalom – two second places and one third.
She now hopes to progress to the U16 team and represent GB at international level.
Sarah has followed in the footsteps of her brother Peter, who was a British Slalom Champion and is on the Scottish Collegiate team this year while at uni in Stirling.
Sarah’s mother, Sue, added: “Selection to the England Development Team was Sarah’s goal for this season.
“I see daily how hard she works on her fitness and ski training. It involves dedication, commitment and sacrifices by the whole family for Sarah to race at this level.
“Our thanks go to all those supporting her. If you would like to be part of Sarah’s journey, please firstname.lastname@example.org.”