Teen skier on upward slope to recovery

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NOT many teenagers have the mental and physical fortitude to come back from a potentially career-ending injury — but, then again, Derbyshire’s Ella Taylor-Tipton is not your normal teen.

The 14-year-old freestyle skier, of West Hallam, ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament while competing at the UK’s premier dry slop ski and snowboard event in Glasgow in June.

It meant the Kirk Hallam Community Academy pupil was forced to put her trip to Oregon, America, for a week-long scholarship on hold as she was forced to undergo surgery instead.

Taylor-Tipton has now returned to the gym tobuild up her strength ahead of a proposed comeback next year.

“Everything is going really good. My surgery was in August and I’m back in the gym,” said Taylor-Tipton, whose brother Justin is also a freestyle skier.

“I just want to be back in time for July as I have my scholarship for Windells Ski Camp in Mount Hood, Oregon.

“That’s my main goal — to be heading out to America.”

Taylor-Tipton’s cause is also being helped by The Nottingham Building Society, who are teaming up with charity SportsAid to support 50 local athletes as they try to find their ‘time to shine’, with each receiving £750 of funding.

Taylor-Tipton said the help she has received from The Nottingham has been vital and will also assist with the costs during her rehabilitation.

Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray teamed up with SportsAid in 2013 to help future sports stars get their time to shine.

Visit thenottingham.com to findout more.