AN Aylesbury schoolgirl skier has been called up to represent Great Britain.
Megan Riley, 11, has been celebrating a fantastic year which just keeps on snowballing. After winning the Bucks Herald Young Achievers Pride in Aylesbury Award 2011, Megan enjoyed a great season before being selected to race for Team GB
During the summer season Megan completed the British Indoor Series, coming first overall for her age group.
Then a superb opportunity opened up for the Turnfurlong pupil and with the backing of her school she went to train in Austria for seven weeks, skiing alongside national teams from Germany, Austria, Serbia, Italy and GB.
Megan’s proud mum Jo said: “The trip not only helped Megan with her skiing but also gave her great life skills and she is very grateful to Gary Brennan and his son Ben Reid (a fellow skier from Aston Clinton), who is based in Mayerhofen and is one to watch out for in the next winter Olympics and her coach Glen Greener from Gravity Snowsports.”
A fourth place in Italy and third in the Anglo Scottish event in France was followed by second place finishes at the British Interschools Challenge – with the help of her sister Ilana who came fifth in her race (first time racing on a mountain) as Turnfurlong Junior School were placed sixth overall out of at least 60 schools.
Further success followed and the brilliant youngster knows her GB selection is just the start of the hard work.
In a double boost after learning of her international call-up, Megan also received some funding from Aylesbury Town Council, which will help with her equipment.
Mum Jo added: “She can not thank her coaches enough for believing in her and her school for supporting her. Her dreams of reaching the Olympics are a step closer.”
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