Ski Team: Bede’s Claims First Medals at ISSS Championships
During the first five days of the Christmas holidays, Bede's ski race team were in Les Deux Alpes in the French alps at the Independent School Ski and Snowboard Championships.
Our team of just six returned with two silver medals, which was a massive achievement - especially considering that this was our first event!
We were up against some big, experienced teams such as Hurst, Whitgift, Bedales, Wycombe Abbey and King's Wimbledon but the squad of Jack Roberts, Antony Tutt, Hugh Churcher, Dan Lewis, fellow Team GB racer Charlie Luke and myself, supervised and coached by Mrs Tilling, took full advantage of the amenities at this amazing venue and its huge glacier.
Despite the lack of snow in the actual village, we were really surprised by the quality of what was on the mountain and after two days of training the two day race event commenced.
In the bright sunshine on the glacier it was great to see (and get into) cat suits, intensive ski sharpening, team talks on race rules, race bibs and commentary through the finishing line. You name it - it was there, with the event being incredibly professionally organised.
The events consisted of two runs on the Giant Slalom on the first day and then the more technical Slalom on the second race day, culminating in a Head-to-Head Relay team event called "The Parallel Slalom."
Whilst I was really pleased to come fourth in the Grand Slalom, Hugh's 19th place out of 170 for his first ever competitive race was really awesome - a sign of his aggressive and technical skill.
Dan and Jack came 59th and 63rd, which was also really impressive, and Anthony did some great work on his snowboard. Given the nasty ruts that get created by all the previous racers, completing without missing a gate is seriously challenging. Indeed, Anthony's intensity and determination to get on the podium was brilliant!
The second day was our best. I was awarded my silver medal in the slalom, which I was really proud about, and we won 2 out of our 3 races in the Parallel Slalom, losing to Bedales (who took the silver overall out of 27 teams).
All credit goes to Jack Roberts for being really heroic, despite getting ill half way through the trip, he still participated in this team event and we were all really appreciative.
We thoroughly enjoyed the races over the week and hope that we will bring more people to come with us next year. We have already got two girls signed up, so if you are a pupil at Bede's and think this could be for you, just come and find me!
Lastly though, I would like to thank Mrs Tilling for putting in all the hard work and ensuring a great trip!