06 April 2018

Packed day rounds out 2018 Championships

The postponement of events on Thursday led to a jam-packed program today as the 2018 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships wrapped up in Tignes.

The Under 14s and 16s both competed in Giant Slalom with the results also determining the overall champions, while the U10s and U12s competed in the pro slalom.

The U16 Giant Slalom was a Team Evolution one-two with Jack Cunningham (1:32.66) getting the edge over Robert Holmes (1:33.91) in a repeat of their head-to-head battle in Monday’s Super G, while BSA’s Diaco Abrishami (1:34.91) was third.

Cunningham claimed the Ski Council of Wales Trophy for today’s win, however after recording a DNF in the Wednesday’s Slalom, it was Holmes who was crowned U16 Combined Champion and lifted the Ski Plan Trophy after a win and two second place finishes this week.

“At the start of the week I just came here to ski well, not looking for the results – just to ski well, technically,” said Holmes. “All week I’ve skied well. The Super G I skied really well, maybe things went against me a bit; the slalom – what a day – it couldn’t have gone any better.

“And then the GS, I was only aiming for a top five because it’s my weakest discipline.

“I was amazed to come out first run with second and I just had to maintain it to win the overall. I wouldn’t have thought I could have done it at the start of the week.”

The U16 Giant Slalom witnessed a dominant title defence by Daisi Daniels (BSA) who once inscribed her name on the Hillend Salver. Daniels (1:33.32) won by more than two seconds from Ambition Racing’s Siena Horton (1:35.71) and Giselle Gorringe (1:37.09) from Dragons Alpine Ski Club.

Despite two victories at the Championships, a DNF in the Slalom meant Daniels (200 pts) was unable to defend her U16 Combined title. Horton (205 pts) displayed more consistency over the week to earn the Coupe de la Municipalité de L’Alpe d’Huez, or Municipality of L'Alpe d'Huez Cup.

“It’s what I’ve wished for, and my whole four years here it’s always been the aim so it’s so lovely to finally have it,” said Horton of winning the overall title. “I wish that I could have maybe won in the slalom but reflecting back on it I’m really happy with how it’s gone.

“[Daisi] skied so well. We’ve been neck-and-neck for the whole four years. She’s done amazing to win two [individual titles] as well so it’s a shame for her I have to take the overall, but she’s done amazing.”

In the Under 14s, Isla Ward (Apex 2100) had been the dominant skier of the week and today she made it a perfect year with victory in the Giant Slalom. Isla (1:41.94) was more than two seconds clear of sister Erin Ward (1:44.30) with Mathilde Phillips (1:44.48) in third.

Today’s victory earned Isla the Kandahar Ski Club Cup, and with a perfect record this week she was also the winner of the Lillywhite Cup as Combined Champion.

The U14 Boys Giant Slalom was taken out by Ambition Racing’s Jack Upton who won his second race of the week after his earlier victory in the Super G. Upton (1:40.28) was 0.01sec behind Team Evolution’s Kieran Woolley (1:40.55) after the first run but turned the tables on the second run to take out the title. Woolley finished second ahead of BSA’s George Black (1:42.38) who earned his second bronze medal of the week.

Upton’s pair of victories scored enough points to be the Combined Champion and winner of the Schools Abroad Cup.

The final competition for the ‘minis’ this week saw the U10s and U12s take on the pro slalom course.

Maisie Blyth (SSC) and Molly Butler (BSA) could not be split by the clock as they shared the Giant Slalom earlier this week, but today Blyth (30.54) had the edge. She beat home Butler (31.18) who has a full set of medals this week after gold in the GS and bronze in the Combi, while India Parker-Swift was third (32.24).

The U12 Boys event was won by Freddy Carrick-Smith who claimed his second title of the week. Carrick-Smith (30.32) – who won the Giant Slalom on Monday before winning Combi bronze on Wednesday – beat home Ambition’s Lewis Calder (31.02) who was fractionally ahead of BSA’s Jack Cox (31.04).

The U10 Girls Pro Slalom saw Lucy O’Connor win her second title of the week after she was victorious in the Combi on Wednesday. O’Connor (30.54) finished ahead of BSA’s Brooke Baxter (32.95) while ATC’s Tia Lilly Freshwater (33.83) was third.

Hamish Blyth (SSC) can lay claim to being the most dominant mini skier at this year’s event after he was the only U10 or U12 to be undefeated in all three races. Blyth (30.81) won by more than a second from BSA’s Matthew Butler (32.16) while Samuel Preston was third.

At the conclusion of the Children’s Championships, the following overall club and team titles were decided:

  • Cairngorm Quiach (Best named U16 Boys Team) – Team Evolution
  • Dolphin Ski Club Cup (Best named U16 Girls Team) – Ambition Racing
  • Alpbach Visitors Ski Club Cup (Best named U14 Boys Team) –
  • Kandahar Ski Club Cup (Best named U14 Girls Team) – Kandahar
  • Tornes Trophy (Best U16 Club) – BSA
  • Rose and Thistle Cup (Best U14 Club) – Apex 2100


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