English Alpine Champs - Day 3

By Richard Dore

The competition heated up on day three of the English Alpine Championships with the NJR competition moving to the Stelvio and the Under-10/12s participating in the Combi.

After a busy day of Super G action and a night parallel slalom on Monday, the Under-14s and Under-16s took a rest on day three whilst the NJR athletes launched into the slalom.

Ambition Racing’s Sarah Woodward had already enjoyed a good day two, finishing second in the FIS giant slalom, but went one better on day three to top the podium in the slalom.

Ambition teammate Olivia Ward claimed second and Lois Jackson third, whilst in the Under-21s’ Jessica Anderson was fastest down the slope followed by Kirsty Guest and Honor Clissold.

Meanwhile, in the men’s race, Owen Vinter followed up his giant slalom gold from day two with another gold on day three in the Under-18s slalom.

Ryan Bloom took silver and best English skier whilst ATC’s Adam Hall finished in third.

In the Under-21s Glasgow Ski Racing’s Zak Vinter beat all competitors to take gold, Kandahar Racing’s Robert Poth finished second and Duncan Kuwall was third on the podium.

Mens Under-21 winner Zak Vinter commented: “I’m really happy, it was good to put some fast skiing down out there and hopefully make some FIS points as well so definitely a good day. It’s really good coming back to Bormio, it’s been a good few years now so especially down there it quite suits me, it’s not too hard and quite a lot of flat so I always like coming back here.”

Mens Under-18 winner Owen Vinter said: “I feel pretty good and I’m glad to take a win in the Under-18s. It was a tough course on a steep hill and a bit of a challenge but it makes it a bit more exciting and a bit more technical so I enjoyed it. I’m quite excited for the Super G now, I’ve never done a FIS one before so it would be nice to get on the board there.”

Womens Under-21 winner Jessica Anderson said: “I’m excited, glad, happy that I’ve finished! I didn’t expect to do that well because I haven’t done a lot of slalom training, I haven’t been feeling great mentally so it was good. The snow was really good, really grippy and icy and the first course had quite a nice rhythm, then the second was a bit more turny, it didn’t go as well but it was good.”

Further up the hill on the Alpina piste, the minis were seen in action for the first time this week as they took part in the Combi.

Lions Ski Club’s Isabel Nowell looked delighted after she prevailed in the girls Under-10s, racing superbly to record a time almost five seconds quicker than nearest competitor Isabel Sadler – with Grace Cameron taking the bronze medal.

The girls Under-12s was won by 11-year-old Molly Butler, racing for British Ski Academy, whilst Sophie Anderson took silver and Team Evolution’s Olivia Howeson grabbed bronze.

The boys Under-10s was won by Jeramie Galmarini with a one second lead over Hamish Blyth, with Luca Anderson taking third.

And in the Under-12s, Zak Carrick-Smith, 11, raced his way to a gold medal with Lewis Calder taking silver and Emerson Proctor making it onto the podium in third.

Girls Under-10s winner Isabel Nowell said: “It feels a bit overwhelming to win! It all feels unreal and my winning prizes look really good. I won a pair of goggles and the medal looks really good too. The race was fun and it was all set out really nicely, everybody told you where to go so that made it easier.”

Boys Under-10s winner Jeramie Galmarini commented: “It feels good to win and I’m very proud of myself, it was very nice being part of the event. The course was medium and the last part was the most difficult part for me but overall I thought it was a nice course.”

Girls Under-12s winner Molly Butler said: “It feels really good to win, it’s pretty exciting to win and you’re always like ‘oh my gosh, I won’ so yeah, it’s really cool! It was quite tricky but we always like a challenge and I just kept up with it, you’ve just to deal with it and make your dreams come true!”

Boys Under-12s winner Zak Carrick-Smith said: “I feel very good after winning, it was really fun and just on one of the turns I found it really tricky, lots of people lost a lot of speed on that. I’m going to try and do well in the GS and then I think British Ski Academy is putting on a slalom, too.”

 

 
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