Hemel racers (pictured left) have been hugely successful this season with some fantastic results and racers from all ages from minis to masters competing in the Alps. Our great thanks to Avelline and ohers for the compilation of this report.
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British Inter-Schools – Les Houches
In the Inter-schools held in Les Houches and organised by the BSA on the 18th and 19th March there were podium positions from Nicole Shering who was 2nd in the U14 Slalom and 6th in GS and Marie Curtis did well coming 15th overall in her first season on snow. Also competing were Amber Buckland who has made good progress this season and was 15th overall in the GS and Elise Snow who was competing in her first alpine races. In the boys U14 races, Toby Deighton won both the GS and the Slalom, whilst his brother Harry was 13th and 9th. Congratulations also to Julia Chmielowska who was 2nd in the U18 Girls event and Luke Riddell who was the U18 GS champion These races are a great introduction to alpine racing and you can represent your school in a team of only two racers. In addition, the podium is extended to five to encourage more children. Local racers from French clubs and schools enter these races as well so the racing is competitive.
Scottish Championships – Courchevel
The last races of the season kicked off with the Courchevel Ecosse/Scottish Championships held on the 30th March – 5th April and included children’s and FIS races. In the Under14 girls slalom Elise Snow came a credible 14th in her run but improved to 3rd in Run 2 but unfortuantly DNS in the GS. In the U16 girls Slalom Phoebe Long did well coming 10th overall, with Marie Curtis 11th and Amber Buckland in 14th, Yasmin Cooper posted fast times for one run but did not finish overall. In the U16 boys Slalom, Will Wheeler was a very respectable 7th and Ollie Deighton was 14th in spite of a fall in run 1. Josh Penning Lambert posted a fast first run but unfortunately did not finish the second. Robert Poth had the fastest time in run 1 but unfortunately did not finish the second, Jordan Lowe completed the second run in a respectable time and Alex White and Luke Maynard unfortunately did not finish, but Luke’s 2nd run time would have put him in 10th overall; 23 did not finish the race. Well done boys!
Triple Hemel Champions – Anna, Robert & Toby
In the U16 girls GS Anna Henderson produced the goods to win the title, Phoebe Long was 14th and Amber Buckland 16th, unfortunately Yasmin Cooper did not finish. Robert Poth won the boys race to make this a double Hemel victory, with Will Wheeler in 9th, Josh Penning Lambert 12th and Alex White 22nd.
On to the young guns and in the U14 girls’ races Alice Krahelski was victorious in the slalom in 34.25 seconds and was 2nd in the second run with Shana Danenbergsons in 14th and Elise Snow 16th and bagging a bronze in the second run, Ellie Trew was 20th and 22nd and twin sister Isobel Trew was 27th and 17th in their first season of alpine racing. In the U14 boys race, Toby Deighton put down two storming runs to beat close rival and GB children’s team mate Angus Wills to take the title, with brother Harry in 4th, Morgan Davies in 12th, Edward Loder in 24th, Richard Trew in 37th.
New this year was an U14 Combi and Alice Krahelski won and Nicole Shering was second, Elise Snow came 11th, Ellie Trew was 12th and Isobel Trew was 21st. Well done girls! In the boys race, Edward Loder came 12th and Richard Trew was 27th.
In the GS Alice Krahelski took the Silver medal, Elise Snow had a fantastic 10th place, Shana was 20th, Isobel 21st, closely followed by sister Ellie in 23rd. In the boys U14 GS Toby won overall, Harry was 5th, Morgan 12th, Edward 19th and Richard 34th in the first GS. The Scottish races are encouraging for the younger races as medals are given out for each run and there are medals and prizes for the best Scottish racers with fantastic prizes donated by Rossignol. There was even free bacon rolls and coffee at these years’ races if you were lucky enough to get some! Thank you to the organisers and race officials.
In the Scottish FIS races, Hemel competitors included Rachelle Rogers 7th in the slalom and Masters, Judy Reid and Avelline Deighton who achieved PB’s. In the mens’ FIS races were GB’s Matt Thompson and England team members, Kieran Norris and Oliver Krahelski were all trying to improve their FIS points on the steep Stade against stiff international competition and show great promise for the future.
British Alpine Championships held in Meribel from the 24th March- 5th April
The first races were the juniors and seniors which saw the Brits racing against top international racers such as Matteo Marsaglia, Yannick Bertrand and Valentin Giroud Moine; 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the downhill. Hemel’s Matt Thompson took bronze in the National Junior Downhill and was 3rd in the Walter Hutchinson Challenge Cup and Dragon Ski Club Trophy. Rachelle Rogers took bronze in the slalom and the U18 Schools Abroad Trophy and 2nd in the SNSC Cup and 3rd in the Evie Pinching Salver. Max Baggio won the British U18 shield for the Super-G, the Sunfold Cup for the downhill, the SCGB Challenge Cup and the BSC Cup! Kieran Norris was part of the best club team, which was won by Ambition and has put down some solid results. Judy Reid was the fastest Master and now on her second season was very pleased with her Super-G results. Well done juniors and seniors!
British Children’s races 2nd – 5th April
Minis at Mottaret
In the U10 race Holly Clark came 8th in the Combi and GS, whilst Aidan Urquhart came 13th and 16th. In the U12 races also held at Motteret, Sarah Woodward took two fabulous bronze medals, Madeleine Burns was impressive in 4th and 6th, Megan Davies was 19th and 20th and Georgina Hinton came 29th and 28th. In the boys’ races, Charlie Leach was 23rd and 35th, Colm Urquhart came 37th and 44th and Angus Loder was 39th and 34th. The fastest minis were invited to take part in the U14 GS and there was also a BARSC Easter egg hunt race, new this year all over the Meribel Valley which proved popular. These races were fore-ran by Ski Sundays very own five time Olympian Graham Bell whose niece Reece was also racing coming 2nd and 1st.
Children at Meribel
Hemel Prize winners
Medals were won by Harry Deighton, bronze in the U14 slalom and best U14 team; BSA. Alice Krahelski won silver in U14 slalom, silver for Anna Henderson in U16 slalom and bronze for Yasmin Cooper. Robert Poth took gold in the U16 slalom and the Aberdeen Ski Club Quaich Trophy. Well done!
Toby Deighton took silver in the U14 GS and Super-G and was 2nd overall as did Anna Henderson in the U16 GS and Super-G and she won the best overall U16 girl prize. Toby and Harry were part of the winning U14 team as was Yasmin in the U16 team; Toby was also part of the best U14 club team prize.
Well done to all the other Hemel racers that took part and to Toby, Josh, Anna and Yasmin who have been selected to the 2nd round of selection for the GB children’s ski race team and Robert who has been selected to the 2nd round of selection to the GB U18 ski race team.
Thanks to the Hemel coaches and committee for all their hard work and everyone else that contributes to these fantastic results. Keep working hard on the snow and also with your fitness and more results will come!