It's summer and it’s time for skiing.

And someone who is certainly glad of that is Lepton youngster Martha Surman.

The eight-year-old scooped gold and silver medals at the indoor ski centre at Castleford.

Nearly 100 skiers took part in the Great Britain Indoor Ski Series at the Castleford Snowdome. The GB series comprises six races in total over the summer and invites talented young skiers take part in the most technical alpine event.

Martha won first place in the Under 10 Slalom event on the Saturday and the silver medal on the Sunday.

And she is hoping to go on to further glory in the sport, which is also enjoyed by her siblings Evelyn, 11, and Edward, 6, as well as mum and dad Ros and Jake Surman.

All three children go to Rowley Lane School and all have been skiing for years.

They have attended regular sessions at the ski centre alongside the M62 motorway and also enjoyed family holidays to the French Alps and to Italy.

Young ski champion Martha Surman, of Lepton
 

Dad Jake said: “I started skiing when I was 12 on dry slopes, and practised with the likes of Martin and Graham Bell.

“Ros and I then went to Canada for a year and we both got into skiing, taking an instructor’s course.

“When we got back we heard about the Lions Ski Club at Castleford and we started going there. They were running lessons for children and I thought: ‘I could do that’.

“All three of the children have enjoyed it and Martha especially has taken to the sport.

“The slalom classes are very difficult but she did superbly to win the medals.

“We try to get involved as a family and this is something we always enjoy. Evelyn and Edwards are into climbing, gymnastics and swimming as well and hopefully all will carry on in sport”.