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Icing on the cake for ski prodigy sisters

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 26, 2011

Elektra Brown (8), Isobel Brown (12) and Jemima Brown (9)

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EARNING money is snow joke for three sisters tipped to be ski champions of the future.

The trio from Denstone, set about earning the money they need for their sport six months ago.

They began by baking cakes to sell at their dad’s garage and have now raised enough money to buy a car, which, with a little help from dad, they hope to do-up and sell for a profit.

Mum, Victoria said: “The girls asked for new skis so we said they needed to raise their own money to buy them. They do all need new skis our youngest’s are thirdhand hand-me-downs. They need proper race-skis if they’re going to get to the top of their game and they’re about £400 a pair.

“They’re taking it very seriously and spend all their spare time baking. They’re really very good at it now I’m just responsible for hygiene they do everything else.” Isobel Brown, now aged 12, began skiing on a family holiday to the French Alps when she was just three.

When she was nine a talent-spotter from a French ski school asked her to come and race for them after she won the Etoile D’or (Star of Gold).

She returned the next year to begin racing with them, winning a bronze medal and the when she was nine.

Her two sisters followed in her ski-tracks and all took to the slopes as soon as they could walk.

The three youngsters began training at the Tamworth Snowdome where Isobel won the overall Junior Club Championship in 2009 and was the female winner in the same competition this year.

Last winter, Elektra was the fastest seven-year-old girl at The English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy and Jemima came third in the eight to ten years group at Tamworth this year.

The girls hope to represent their school, Abbots Bromley School for Girls, as a team at the British Inter School Championships near Chamonix, France in March.

The sisters have then set their sights on competing in the British Championships in Meribel, France the following month.

Mike Hallett, Isobel’s instructor at Tamworth said: “I believe she has a natural ability to be a racer and will go a long way given the opportunity.

This will involve skiing abroad as there is only a limited amount of race-training that we can do in the UK other than in Scotland.” Isobel, who broke two teeth while training last Christmas, competes in Slalom, Grand Slalom and Ski-Cross.

She said: “I like Ski-Cross best it doesn’t matter how you ski as long as you don’t fall over technique’s not as important.” The girls’ father, Jonathan Brown, who runs Hayslope Garage in Ellastone ,said: “All our customers buy my girls’ cakes and every delivery driver too — one even came back to buy some more for his wife last week.” “They bought a little Ford KA and I helped them to repair some damage on it before they sell it again. I’ve been driving it this week and they even had the cheek to charge me rental on it.

They’re always looking for ways to earn extra money for their skiing they’ve made over four hundred pounds profit since Easter.” This week the sisters are selling bright orange Halloween cupcakes. They also make chocolate brownies, flapjacks, and rocky road slices all on sale for £1 each, and cups of tea for 50p.

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