A TEENAGE skiing star from South Tyneside is off to Switzerland after securing top GCSE results.
Emma Peters picked up three A* grades and seven As from Whitburn C of E Academy on Thursday.
The 16-year-old, of Cleadon, has been awarded a scholarship at the £42,000-a-year international boarding school, Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland. Emma wanted to continue studying to fulfil her aim of becoming a doctor.
But, because of her gruelling training regime, including spending up to 12 weeks every year on the slopes in Austria, colleges in the area said they wouldn’t allow her that much time away.
In Switzerland, Emma will be trained by the same coach as world No1 ski cross champion, Fanny Smith, and there is already a four-year training plan in place to get the youngster to the Winter Olympics in 2018.
She said: “I feel really good about my results and I’m really excited about going to Switzerland but I’m nervous too.
“It’s going to be great to ski every day.”
Emma was recently named Overall Champion at the English Ski and Boardercross Championships as well as winning the Women’s Overall Category in the Great Britain GBR Indoor Slalom Series and being the youngest competitor at the World Freestyle Junior championships in Italy, where she came a creditable 18th.