Corr’s blooming

Withnell Fold skier Chris Corr
Withnell Fold skier Chris Corr

A talented skier from Withnell Fold want to follow in the footsteps of one of his heroes after impressing in a recent competition.

St Michael’s High School pupil Chris Corr took part in the National Ski Racing tournament and won the Under-16 category.

He came third overall during the tournament and the 15-year-old was presented with his award by his sporting role model Olympic skier Dave Ryding last week.

Former Runshaw College pupil Ryding returned to the Pendle Ski Club and handed trophies to the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.

The 24-year-old represented England in the Vancouver Olympics, and learned his trade at Pendle Ski Club, near Clitheroe.

Ryding, from Bretherton, regularly returns to the club to encourage new skiers and tell them about his experiences competing all over the world.

Proud mum Jennifer said: “Chris started the sport when he was seven and has been racing for about five years.

“It is only in the last 12 months that his performances have really come on and his technique has improved.

“I think it is down to him turning 15 and he has got a lot stronger in his muscles which is something you need when you are skiing.

“He is now at the top of his age-group nationally and won another race in Sunderland last weekend.

“He would love to reach the heights of Dave Ryding but it is very expensive.

“Chris has signed up to become an instructor in the next couple of years which would take him overseas to learn.

“It would be great for him because he could compete at the same time.”

Pendle Ski Club hosted a National Ski Racing Competition on behalf of Snowsport England.

Nearly 120 ski racers aged from six to 60 travelled from all parts of England, Scotland and Wales to compete.