Sophie Foster charges to super G gold (racer-ready.co.uk)

Following a successful week of action which saw the National Championships, National Junior Championships and National Para Alpine Championships decided, the second week of the 2019 GB Alpine Championships kicked off in Tignes today with the stars of the future competing in under 10s through to under 16s.

U14 & U16 Super G

Forerunning can provide athletes with great experience and Ambition’s Sophie Foster proved that on the opening day of the Children’s Championships in Tignes.

Foster was a regular forerunner at last week’s national championships and she showed strong form today with victory in the under 16 super G. The 2017 under-14 champion finished third in the under 16s last year but was victorious by more than a quarter of a second to lift the British Aerospace Trophy. Foster (57.90) edged out CDC’s Alexa Elliff (58.25) while Kandahar’s Emilia Ackerley (1:00.35) claimed the bronze medal after finishing third in the under 14 race last year.

“It’s a really amazing feeling, it’s such an honour and I was just so happy to come away with the win,” said Foster. I was very happy with the top section, I was trying to execute the plan from course inspection – to get on the base of the ski and let them run.

“Then I came over onto the final pitch – I made quite a lot of mistakes, got very low in the line under the gate but just tried to fight hard to the finish and I did, so I’m very happy.”

The under 16 boy’s super G was taken out by Kandahar’s Elliott Bennett who benefitted from drawing bib one, setting a pace which could not be surpassed to claim the gold by over a second.

Bennett (55.89) led home British Ski Academy pair Ted Slade (57.34) and Sebastien Avent (57.61) who filled the minor places on the podium.

Having won the under 14 super G and giant slalom in 2017, Bennett is targeting the overall title this year and is off to the perfect start having today claimed the Rolls Royce Trophy

“I was happy to be first off today; looking at the conditions last night and the way the snow was coming down I thought it was going to play to my advantage and to be honest I think it did,” said Bennett. “I think some of the quicker guys – Ted, for example, he got a bit unlucky with his draw going 15 – so you never know if he went first or second he might have done the same, but that’s racing.

“I think I just skied it clean, listened to what the coaches said, skied the right line. Coming off the road I got the line quite well and I think I just carried a lot more speed down the bottom section and managed to hold it and put it in the finish.”

The under-14 girls super G was won by Ambition’s Honor Bartlett who claimed the title by more than a second. Bartlett (59.11) won the Haute Alpes Cup ahead of Excel Race Academy’s Sophie Stocker (1:00.20) with Charlotte Holmes (1:01.54).

The boy’s under 14 title saw Kandahar skier Adam Radwan writing his name on the DHO Rosebowl. Radwan (58.35) beat home BSA’s Luca Carrick-Smith (58.61) – who was second in this race for the second year in a row – while Aiglon Ski Club’s Alex Ogden (58.98).

U10 & U12 Giant Slalom

In the boys’ under 12 giant slalom, Freddy and Zak Carrick-Smith repeated their one-two from 2018. On that occasion Freddy won by 0.31sec, however the margin was much closer this year with his time of 36.28 just two-hundredths in front of his brother. Oli Laughland (37.88) made it a full BSA podium by claiming the bronze medal.

It was another close race in the under 12 girls giant slalom, with Evolution’s Katie Saunders (35.19) winning by just 0.03 seconds. Emily Turner (35.22) claimed silver while Alina Kozersky-Gillham (35.78) picked up the bronze.

The under 10 boys giant slalom was won by Luca Westbrook (38.24) who was almost two seconds clear of Adam Cuthbert (40.04) with Joseph Richardson in third. The under 10 girls giant slalom saw Amala Poulsen (37.33) finish first, ahead of Ambition’s Alice Bond (37.84) while Lowri Howie (38.18) from Runcorn Ski Club was third.

Tuesday’s action from Tignes will feature the under 14 slalom races.

 

2019 GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS Monday 8 April – Tignes, France

U16 Girls’ Super G – British Aerospace Trophy 1st Sophie Foster (57.90), 2nd Alexa Elliff (58.25), 3rd Amelia Ackerley (1:00.55)

U16 Boys’ Super G – Rolls Royce Trophy 1st Elliott Bennett (55.89), 2nd Ted Slade (57.34), 3rd Sebastien Avent (57.61)

U14 Girls’ Super G – Haute Alpes Cup 1st Honor Bartlett (59.11), 2nd Sophie Stocker (1:00.20), *3rd Charlotte Holmes (1:01.54)

U14 Boys’ Super G – DHO Rosebowl 1st Adam Radwan (58.35), 2nd Luca Carrick-Smith (58.61), 3rd Alex Ogden (58.98)

U12 Girls’ Giant Slalom 1st Katie Saunders (35.19), 2nd Emily Turner (35.22), 3rd Alina Kozersky-Gillham (35.78)

U12 Boys’ Giant Slalom 1st Freddy Carrick-Smith (36.28), 2nd Zak Carrick-Smith (36.30), 3rd Oli Laughland (37.88)

U10 Girls’ Giant Slalom 1st Amala Poulsen (37.33), 2nd Alice Bond (37.84), 3rd Lowri Howie (38.18)

U10 Boys’ Giant Slalom 1st Luca Westbrook (38.24), 2nd Adam Cuthbert (40.04), 3rd Joseph Richardson (40.58)

* Candice Bomberg had the third fastest time in today's U14 girls' super G, however is not a British passport holder and not eligible for the British title

 

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