Olympic skier helps students reach new heights at Silksworth Ski Slope

Peter Speight, who represented Team GB at the 2018 Winter Olympics, joined local school pupils for a unique ski lesson at Silksworth Ski Complex on Friday (27 April).

The Olympic skier surprised 60 students from two local schools by joining them for an exclusive lesson on the slopes as part of Snowsport England’s National Snowsport Week (sponsored by Interski).

The nationwide incentive takes place every year from 23- 29 April, and aims to encourage more children to take part in snow sports in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing. Silksworth Ski Complex, which is managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Sunderland City Council, supported the initiative by offering reduced cost lessons and encouraged more than 800 youngsters to try out a new sport.

Peter, who has been skiing since he was a youngster, helped deliver the weekly lesson alongside Everyone Active’s colleagues. The Olympian then answered student’s questions all about his sporting career.

“It’s been great to be able to join these aspiring skiers for their lesson at Silksworth Ski Complex. The National Schools Snowsport Week campaign has been a great opportunity seized by the slope to encourage more young people to get involved in our unique sport. The slope itself is the largest in the North East of England and is a perfect environment for learning and enjoyment.”

Peter Speight

“It was fantastic to see the pupil’s faces when Peter joined them on the slopes. The kids really enjoyed hearing all about his career, and I hope that his visit will inspire them to continue to train hard and develop their skills.”

John Greenwood

“The Silksworth Ski Complex have been a great partner throughout this campaign, they continue to provide fantastic opportunities for young people to not just initially get involved but to continue their participation in the sport. It was inspiring to be able to visit the slope during the campaign with Pete and witness the joy and excitement on all of the faces of the young people and we hope that they continue their involvement with the slope and with snowsports.”

Luke Williams