The ESSKIA ski racing season finished with the 3rd indoor championships at the Chill Factore in Manchester in May. Although the spectre of GCSE, AS levels and Scottish exams loomed large almost 100 racers turned out to compete in the 2 timed runs and parallel slalom competitions.
In the boys’ race Reed’s School from Cobham in Surrey proved too strong for the opposition and made it a hat-trick of wins in this event. Abbey Gate College took second place with a young Reed’s “B” team finishing in third place. The Reed’s duo of National Junior Champion, Roy Steudle and ESSKIA ISF team member Rory Shiells were the fastest individuals just ahead of fellow ISF representative Sam Williams from Portsmouth GS.
The girls’ competition was again dominated by a high quality team from Surrey’s Surbiton High School, their winning margin of over 10 seconds secured their third title in 3 years. The Abbey Gate College girls matched their male counterparts and took the silver medals ahead of Surbiton’s “B” team. Beth Widdup from Clitheroe RGS put in a blistering 1st run that just kept her ahead of Alice Macaulay and Darcie Mead both from Surbiton although there was less than 1 second between all 3 girls.
In the finals of the team parallel slalom competitions, Reed’s “A” team held off the challenge from their “B” team and the girls from Abbey Gate College, led by their ESSKIA ISF pair of Sophie Caldwell and Zoe Karavasili, held their nerve to keep off a determined come back from the Surbiton “A” girls.
Many thanks to everyone who attended, I am particularly indebted to the racers, parents and teachers for taking time out at a very busy time of year; I know that some racers were going straight into GCSE and AS exams the next day! It was good to see some young racers in action and I hope that they will benefit from the experience and come back bigger and faster next year!
Girls Team Results
- Surbiton HS “A”
- Abbey Gate College
- Surbiton HS “B”
Boys Team Results
- Reed’s “A”
- Abbey Gate College
- Reed’s “B”