Friday, February 27, 2015

Bormio English Alpine Champs

Photo courtesy of racer-ready

With lots of us busy over the February break, many off skiing, there were 4 Gordon skiers who went out to the British Championships in Bormio.

Both Beth Whatford and Keiran Troup have been spending time at the British Ski Academy in Les Houches where they met up and joined Tabby and Amelia Allan in Bormio. 

Keiran and Beth had good races, Beth Whatford constantly placing top 10 in her races, with a best result of 6th place for slalom. She is showing form this season and is knocking firmly at the door of a secure top 5 U14 girls in Britain, if she keeps up the good work then she can look forward to a successful British championships in Tignes. 

Kieran is a whizz, races hard and pulls in the results. You can’t get better than 1st in the boy’s U16 Super G, dispelling the myth that weight has so much to do with it, as Kieran isn’t one of the heaviest boys on the racing circuit. He was a healthy 5th in slalom and skied out in GS, but that is often the case when an athlete is trying hard and pushing themselves. Well done Kieran on good results so far this season esp after a belated start getting into training.

Both the Allan girls results weren’t as successful as their teammates, hanging around in the mid field range, a lack of speed and continuity seems to be an issue at the moment, but still not defeated, they had a good time, have come home to work hard with coaches to identify issues, learning from the hard times can be as valuable as the winning moments sometimes and more importantly remembering why they ski, because it’s a fantastic sport to be involved in, and they have seen great improvements in a lot of their friends and teammates. 

All 4 had a fun evening during the night slalom where they got to race with different teams, made a few new friends and Amelia is still getting over that she was drawn to race against Keiran and her wish that he tripped up, to repay him for the cheekiness that he was delighted to be drawn against her didn’t come to fruition! 

We hope the rest of you had a good break, those of you that skied, abroad and at home, had a good few days of snow time and we look forward to the next few weeks of the season.

Mel Allan

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