English Alpine Champs - Day 6

By Richard Dore

The sixth and final day of a fantastic year at the Championships saw plenty of action up until the lunchtime prize-givings, with the FIS racers taking one run at the Super G and the minis participating in the GS.

With the Under-14s and Under-16s competitions completed on day five the minis took over at Oga on an entertaining GS course, with Isabel Nowell skiing superbly to take gold in the Under-10s, almost seven seconds ahead of Alice Bond.

Lucy Howeson took bronze whilst at Under-12 level Maisie Blyth took first place, Sophie Anderson second and Olivia Howeson claiming third.

The boys Under-10s was won by Hamish Blyth, ahead of ATC’s Luca Anderson in second and JR Ski Racing’s Jacob Dawson in third.

And at Under-12s level it was a family one-two as Freddy Carrick-Smith took gold and Zak Carrick-Smith silver, with Ambition Racing’s Lewis Calder finishing third.

Over to the FIS competition and a gold medal seized by Ambition’s Sarah Woodward ahead of teammate Olivia Foster and Evolution’s third-placed Lois Jackson.

In the Under-21s Yasmin Cooper had claimed silver on day five but went one better on the final day to finish her week off with a bang.

Honor Clissold took second with Jessica Anderson rounding off the podium, with Zak Vinter again prevailing in the mens Under-21s.

Younger brother Owen Vinter raced fantastically to take gold in the Under-18s Super G, with Charlie Luke second and Tom Hudson third.

Mens Under-18 winner Owen Vinter said: “It’s been really good this week, I’ve just been taking it day by day and trying to keep getting results and finishing.

“I’ve been really happy with this week, I came first in all the Under-18 races and I was quite happy to take the first Brit in the Super G.”

Mens Under-21 winner Zak Vinter commented: “I’ve podiumed in everything except the one race so it’s been really successful for me, I came out in one of the GSs.

“I knew I would do well in the slaloms but I’ve done pretty well in the last two days in the Super G as well.”

Womens Under-18 winner Sarah Woodward commented: “It’s been good and slightly up and down at times, the first GS race was really good and I think I pulled out some good skiing which I knew I was capable of.

“The second day wasn’t so good and then unfortunately I came out in the slalom but then the second Super G was much better than the first, I think I was a bit tentative yesterday.”

Womens Under-21 winner Yasmin Cooper said: “I haven’t had the best week in all honesty, I’ve been battling a bad chest infection for about two weeks and it was really bad at the beginning of the week.

“I got better for the speed events though and the fifth day was probably my highlight – to walk away as the first Brit in the Super G and then second Brit in the alpine combined was pretty cool.”


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