ESSKIA National Finals

I am delighted to say that the girls under 12 ski team put in an impressive performance to get a podium place in the ESSKIA National Finals at Norwich on 8 October.  The ski team would like to thank the school for its continuing support and we think that the girls did a great job as school ambassadors.
I’ve put together a few words,  which I hope can be published on the blog.  It would be great if we could get some interest from the College in order to get ski teams entered in the older age groups.
Hannah Groves,  Nicole Groves,  Laura Harrison-Smith and Alannah Webb qualified for the ESSKIA National Finals by winning their heat at the Southampton ski slope in September.  They made the long journey to Norwich for the finals on 8 October 2016.  The race format is that the team of four racers do two runs and the three fastest times from each run are added together.  The team with the smallest time wins.  The girls skied brilliantly against some stiff competition,  working together as a team to support each other and, as a result, skied their way into third place.   Special mention must be made to Alannah,  who unlike the rest of the team,  had never skied at Norwich,  indeed for Alannah,  this was her first race away from Southampton.  She showed lots of determination and skill and we look forward to Alannah catching up with our fastest racers very soon!  This rounds off another fantastic year from the Charlton ski team.  We have taken medals and trophies at all three events that we have competed in this year and congratulations must also go to Tina Amini, Adam Harrison-Smith,  Daniel Hutchings, Runica Kermani and Carla Lopez who have all worked really hard to make the Charlton House/St Mary’s College team the one to beat!
If anyone is interested in trying out some ski racing,  either individually or as part of the school ski team,  please get in touch with tony@harrisonsmith.me.uk,  who runs the ski school team and can provide advice about how to get into racing.  There is a programme of low key ski racing over the winter at Southampton,  which is very suitable for anyone new to racing and, in the summer,  there is a packed programme of school ski events. Charlton is very well represented and wins a lot of trophies,  but it would be good to see more representation from the College.
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