After the success at the English School Ski Association regional qualifiers at Chatham in September, all five of the Eltham College Ski teams headed to Norwich for the English Finals at the weekend. After leaving school at lunchtime, the team arrived at the ski slope in Norwich for a practice session to familiarise themselves with the slope in preparation for an exhilarating next two days of racing.
There was an early start on Saturday with the Under 12s and Under 14s raring to go for the morning’s competition. The Under 12 team (Tom K, Tommy H, Kayden G-J and Sebastien A) faced some fierce competition with the Year 4’s Kayden and Seb racing against boys up to three years older. The Under 14 team consisting of Johnny K, Adam C, Fred B and Josh F put down some strong performances resulting in bronze medals meaning that the team are ranked third in England for their age group – an excellent achievement.
The afternoon saw the Under 16s, Under 19As and 19Bs teams competing, again with the majority of the Under 19B team racing against boys up to five years older than them. The Under 16s were up first, and Alex L, Fergus B, Luke M, Theo A all pushed themselves to their limits resulting in second place in their age group and England. Next up were the two Under 19 teams with the U19Bs (Ketan M, Kyle M, Tom W and Harry J) narrowly missing out on medal places and The Under 19As consisting of Pietro V, Liam D, Matty M and Diaco A all setting impressive times resulting in third place overall. Diaco also making the best run of the day with a time of 14.03s.
After some ski prep and a team briefing, the Under 16 and Under 19A teams headed back to the hotel for some much-needed fuel and a good night’s rest to prepare for the Open Championships on Sunday morning with the chance to qualify for the British Finals held in November in Scotland. A much tougher course was set and with all age groups competing against each other, we knew that the competition would be harder. All eight boys showed immense composure and laid down some excellent runs resulting in both teams earning a place at the British finals with the Under 16 coming fifth overall and the Under 19As coming in second. A mention must also go to Diaco who achieved the best time of the day winning the trophy for the fastest individual.