Freestyle skiing siblings Justin and Ella Taylor-Tipton have been enjoying a fruitful few months on the slopes.
The West Hallam duo compete all over the UK and even on the European circuit, with 14-year-old Justin about to head out to Val Thorens in the French Alps for training this weekend before competing in Switzerland and France in early 2015.
September saw Justin placed second in the male U16s category at the Farmers Jam at Norfolk Ski Centre after competing in both the Slope Style and Big Air categories.
That was followed up with Splashfest at Bracknell Ski Centre in Berkshire where, after competing in Slope Style and Pond Skimming, Justin again came second in the U16s, with sister Ella, despite only being ten-years-old, also finishing second in the girls U16s category.
The Indoor Slope Style British Championships were held on October 11 in Manchester but after picking up a shoulder injury on the eve of the event, Justin was forced to pull out.
Ella, however, went on to come fifth in the U12s category in what was her first BRITS event.
The following day, Ella then competed in the first Oatcake Jam at Kidsgrove Ski Centre in Staffordshire where she came first in the U12s category having pushed herself hard with some impressive switch 180s and pipe grinding.
Justin then recovered from his injury in time for a training camp in Hintertux in Austria at the end of October, a camp funded by Pendragon Contracts of Derby.
He produced some impressive form in Austria in a highly productive week, followed up immediately by thrilling the audiences at the London Ski Show as a demo rail rider.
On November 8, Justin and Ella competed at Air Attack Snowtrax in Christchurch, Dorset in the final part of the Series 2014.
Justin blew the competition away with his switch back flip, never before seen on the slope, and he came first in the U16s category, also winning a pair of Salomon NFX skis signed by Winter Olympian Katie Summerhayes for best trick of the day.
Ella, who had ridden well throughout the series, finished in second in the U16s female category.
Justin was then victorious again, this time in the over 16s Slope Style category at the Mojam event in Bracknell, before returning to his home slope in Swadlincote Ski Centre for the Plastic Pow where he again entered the over 16s category and against competitors much older than him placed second after pulling out his big tricks in the Switch Back Flip and Cork 720.
Also this year, Justin won the Britain’s Got Skiers best U16s video edit which is available to watch on YouTube, the prize being a week’s training next summer in the mountains and which was announced at the London Ski Show.
Justin and Ella’s mum Helen said: “Justin is very lucky that he is funded by Springvale Leisure of Ilkeston and sponsored by the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead where he trains on a Friday night, Surfanic Technical Wear, Stupid Clothing and Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports.
“Without this funding Justin would not be able to attend training camps in the snow.
“All of the training and competitions are in preparation for hopefully getting a spot in a Winter Olympics, and Justin is currently in the home nations Park & Pipe squad, part of the foundation of Team GB.
“He loves and lives to ski and his coach has said he is showing great potential to be at the forefront of the sport in the near future.”
Anyone wishing to help produce the crucial funding to help Justin and Ella can contact Helen on 07774 534631.