SCHOOLGIRL skier Catrin Howarth won two gold medals and a silver at a competition in Holland.
The 12-year-old from Carrbrook triumphed in the Dutch Indoor Mogul Championships collecting a first and second place in the ladies open age and a silver in the water ramp.
Mum Vicki said: “Catrin didn’t know what to expect when she competed, but she did very well.
“They were originally due to be the European championships, but some countries didn’t enter so it became the Dutch championships.”
Mogul skiing is an Olympic sport and comprises one timed run down a steep course over mounds of snow and also includes two jumps.
Marks are awarded for tight turns on the slopes and for tricks while performing jumps.
Catrin, a pupil at Mossley Hollins High School, was more unfamiliar with the water ramp competition – tricks are practised on water because they are riskier.
“We don’t have water ramping in this country and Catrin had only done it for one week previously during a training camp in the Czech Republic,” explained Vicki.
Catrin, a former pupil at St Raphael’s, Millbrook, was featured in the Correspondent earlier this year after becoming a double British champion aged 11.
She won both the singles and duals titles at the British Outdoor Mogul Skiing Championships in Austria.
Catrin, a member of the England Academy, also finished sixth in the singles and eighth in the duals in the open competitions that ran alongside the British championships.
After skiing since the age of four, Catrin only took up moguls a little over two years ago as she wasn’t enjoying slalom racing and this was more fun.
Catrin trains at Chill Factor, Manchester; Castleford Snow Dome, Kidsgrove Ski Centre and also trampolines at Preston.
She is preparing for the British outdoor championships in February, which will probably be in Austria.
Catrin is also hoping to attend a training camp in Austria in November.
Parents Gary and Vicki would like sponsorship as they don’t receive any financial help.
“It is down to the bank of mum and dad,” joked Vicki who is also training for a charity mogul competition in May.
That will be to raise funds for the new Macmillan unit at Tameside General Hospital where Vicki works.
To sponsor Catrin, email firstname.lastname@example.org