The National Junior Championships concluded today, capping a fantastic week of racing at the 2018 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes.

In the Men’s Slalom, Zak Vinter claimed his first ever NJC title while younger brother Owen won the U18s. Reece Bell was the fastest skier in the Ladies’ Giant Slalom on her way to her second U18 trophy in as many days, while Honor Clissold collected her first title of the week in the U21s.

Today’s racing also wrapped up the NJC overall titles while Para Alpine events took place today on the giant slalom course.

NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEN’S SLALOM & OVERALL
Zak Vinter came from behind to win the Men’s Slalom, his first ever National Junior title.

He trailed Iain Innes by less than a tenth of a second going into the second run, but stormed home to claim the SCGB Salver.

Vinter (1:31.33) won by 0.36sec from Robert Poth (1:31.69) while Innes (1:32.52), more than a second slower on the second run, dropped to third as he finished on the NJC podium for the fourth time in as many events.

“Fourth year a junior now – it took me a while to get my first win today, so really happy,” said Vinter. “It’s been a really good week. The last few years I’ve had the speeds but just not the consistency to get down. So I’m happy to come and ski pretty solidly, put good runs down and take the win.”

The result ensured Innes was able to defend his National Junior Championship in the overall competition, once again winning the Aberdeen Millennium Trophy. It capped a near-perfect week for Innes who also shared the overall title in the National Championship.

“I’m glad I get this one to myself,” said Innes. “As selfish as it is I don’t like sharing my trophies!

“Good to get this one to myself and hopefully next year be back and (have) the overall national champs to myself as well.”

Owen Vinter’s dominant week in the U18s continued as he powered his way to win the Scottish Ski Club Quaich.

Vinter (1:34.94) won by almost six seconds to collect his third title of the week with Charles Rankin (1:40.70) second and Callum Clarke (1:41.97) third.

NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – LADIES’ GIANT SLALOM
Reece Bell completed a fantastic weekend by picking up her second victory in as many days on her way to the Under 18 Ladies’ Giant Slalom title.

The 16-year-old was over half a second faster than any other NJC skier and was more than a second clear of the rest of the U18 field.

Bell (2:18.94) won the Scottish National Ski Club Cup ahead of Sarah Woodward (2:19.95) with Abi Bruce (2:22.62) third in a repeat of yesterday’s Slalom podium.

In the Under 21s, Honor Clissold won her first title of the week, coming from behind to lift the Mappin Salver.

Sitting second after the first run, Clissold (2:19.35) was over half a second faster than her nearest rival on the second run to beat home Yasmin Cooper (2:19.91) while Francesca Lee (2:21.19) was third.

“I feel really happy,” said Clissold. “I’ve been training really hard all year and I’ve had some frustrating moments, some ups and downs, but I guess that’s how this sport goes but I’m really happy with my performance this week.”

Cooper’s pair of podiums in the technical events, in addition to her two victories in the speed races, completed a great all-round week as the claimed the overall NJC title and the Snowsports Scotland Trophy. She was also runner-up in the National Championships combined overall standings earlier in the week.

“I guess after my first two wins I knew that I really had to push myself in these tech races because it isn’t something which I’m as good at,” said Cooper. “I got two PBs in the Slalom and the GS and I feel like I really pushed myself and I’m really pleased with how I skied and how it all turned out.”

** At today’s prize giving ceremony, Honor Clissold was presented with a training grant as winner of the Kirsteen McGibbon Award. Trustees of the fund set up in Kirsteen’s honour award the grant to a female athlete at the Championships which they believe to be the most-deserving.

TODAY'S SLALOM
Men's NJC Slalom: https://www.teambss.org.uk/sites/default/files/Results%20%2B%20Penalties...
Ladies' NJC Giant Slalom: https://www.teambss.org.uk/sites/default/files/Results%20%2B%20Penalties...

PARA ALPINE SKIING – SLALOM

Para Alpine skiers took to the Slalom course today in four categories.

In the Men’s Visually Impaired, Neil Simpson and guide Andrew Simpson (2:34.03) claimed their second win of the weekend, beating home Michael Kear and Louise Harrison (2:50.80) and Josh and Jamie Fuller (3:02.56).

Matt Short (2:45.93) won the Men’s Standing event by over 13 seconds to his nearest French opponent.

In the Men’s Sitting competition, French skier Lou Braz-Dagand (2:50.55) beat home Czech Petr Drahos (3:00.70) followed British pair Alex Mercier (3:07.41) and Grant Taylor (3:30.19).

And the Ladies’ Standing category, France’s Lena Martinez (3:00.87) won the race ahead of Britain’s Molly Griffith (3:51.61).

 

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