Ted Slade - U16 slalom, giant slalom and boys overall champion (racer-ready.co.uk)

The 2019 GB Alpine Championships have come to a close in Tignes with the final medals decided in the children’s events.

Today’s competition saw racing wrap up for the under 10s, under 12s and under 16s as well as the presentation of the final team trophies.

In the under 16 giant slalom, it was the two dominant skiers of the week which ultimately took out today’s race and the overall standings.

Ted Slade finished second in Monday’s super G before standing atop the podium in Wednesday’s slalom and today he asserted his tech skiing dominance by claiming gold in the giant slalom.

The British Ski Academy racer was going head to head with Kandahar’s Elliott Bennett who won the super G but came unstuck in the slalom, however it was Kaylan Huisman Muro who was on top of the timing sheet in run one, with Ambition’s Ryan Pye in second.

When it was time to decide the medals, Bennett was first to top the table before being overhauled by Slade. When Pye could not surpass the pair with his second run it was down to the slalom silver medallist to claim the title for his own, however Huisman Muro recorded a DNF, handing the Ski Council of Wales Trophy to Slade.

“The first run was a bit mistake ridden and it pushed me back a bit, said Slade. “On the second run I spoke to Elliott Bennett at the start; we both knew we had not had the best runs so we agreed to just go for it and see what was going to happen. I’m over the moon to come first.

“It was a shame to see Kaylan [Huisman Muro] come off because we knew he would have provided some serious competition with his final run - it contributes to the result.”

In addition to the slalom and giant slalom victories, Slade also won the Ski Plan Trophy for the under 16 boys’ overall title ahead of Bennett and Thomas Rampton.

“This week has been so good,” said Slade. “I did some forerunning for the FIS races last week and I think that put me in a good place to work from.

“I had some okay sections in the Super G; it wasn’t an amazing run but good to get on the podium. With the slalom and giant slalom, it’s fantastic to get on the top spot. When it’s your last year of children’s races you want a good send off before you head onto FIS racing.”

The under 16 girls giant slalom presented a near identical scenario to the boys where CDC Performance’s Alexa Elliff won her second race of the week en route to the overall title.

The slalom champ set an electrifying pace in the first run to gain an advantage of 0.80 on her nearest rival. Elliff (1:39.58) was then able to hold onto most of that margin to claim the Hillend Salver ahead of Dragon Ski Club’s Giselle Gorringe (1:40.02) while Emelia Ackerley (1:41.32) was third.

“My GS has always been a bit of a surprise but I was feeling pretty ready this morning just to put it all on the line,” said Elliff. “The competition is so strong I knew I was going to have to give it everything.

“I don't really think I was expecting it because recently I have been crashing a lot, especially on second run. So I was kind of expecting to not even make it that far and to realise I'd made it through the finish line - and won - was a lot for one moment!”

The win secured Elliff the Coupe de la Municipalité de L’Alpe d’Huez as the under 16 girls overall champion ahead of super G champion Sophie Foster while Ackerley was third.

“At the beginning of the season I wrote down all my goals, and I set them pretty high and was a bit embarrassed to talk to anyone about it, but [the overall title] was one of my goals and it feels pretty great to have got that,” said Elliff.  

“I'll be [racing] FIS [events] next year which will be a whole new adventure. I'm actually really excited because it's new skis, it will be a lot more people.

“Here it's super-personal which is nice, but it's also a lot more nerve-wracking. In FIS there's going to be so many people and it's going to be a new battle but it's going to be exciting and new.”

With the mini’s taking on the pro slalom, BSA’s Freddy Carrick-Smith bounced back from Wednesday’s third place finish to win the boys under 12s. Freddy (29.10) repeated his victory from Monday’s giant slalom to beat home his brother Zak (29.90) and Hamish Blyth (29.92).

The girls under 12 pro slalom was taken out by Team Evolution’s Katie Saunders (30.04) from Alpine Training Centre’s Tia Freshwater (30.81) while Emily Turner was third (30.94).

In the boys under 10s, Ambition’s Ryan Faber (31.85) set the pace in the first run and no one could overhaul his time as he claimed first place. Adam Cuthbert (33.82) and Scott Phillips (34.41) were both off the podium following the first run but made big improvements second time around to move into the medal positions.

Ambition’s Alice Bond (32.86) was victorious in the girls’ under 10s by almost a half a second, with Kandahar’s Isabel Sadler (33.30) the runner-up while Ophelia Korpanec-Davies (33.58) won bronze.

LEFT Ted Slade wins the overall under 16 boys national championship from Elliott Bennett (2nd, left) and Thomas Rampton (3rd, right); RIGHT Alexa Elliff is the 2019 under 16 girls overall champion after beating out Sophie Foster (2nd, left) and Emilia Ackerley (3rd, right) .



2019 GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPSFriday 12 April – Tignes, France

U16 Boys Giant Slalom – Ski Council of Wales Trophy 1st Ted Slade (1:35.84), 2nd Elliott Bennett (1:36.66), 3rd Ryan Pye (1:37.80)

U16 Boys Overall – Ski Plan Trophy 1st Ted Slade, 2nd Elliott Bennett 3rd Thomas Rampton

U16 Girls Giant Slalom – Hillend Salver 1st Alexa Elliff (1:39.58), 2nd Giselle Gorringe (1:40.02), 3rd Emelia Ackerley (1:41.32)

U16 Girls Overall – Coupe de la Municipalité de L’Alpe d’Huez 1st Alexa Elliff, 2nd Sophie Foster, 3rd Emelia Ackerley

U12 Boys’ Pro Slalom 1st Freddy Carrick-Smith (29.10), 2nd Zak Carrick-Smith (29.90), 3rd Hamish Blyth (29.92)

U12 Girls’ Pro Slalom 1st Katie Saunders (30.04), 2nd Tia Freshwater (30.81), 3rd Emily Turner (30.94)

U10 Boys’ Pro Slalom 1st Ryan Faber (31.85), 2nd Adam Cuthbert (33.82), 3rd Scott Phillips (34.41)

U10 Girls’ Pro Slalom 1st Alice Bond (32.86), 2nd Isabel Sadler (33.80), 3rd Ophelia Korpanec-Davies (33.58)

Best U16 Club – Tornes Trophy Kandahar Racing

Best Named U16 Boys Team – Cairngorm Quiach no eligible team

Best Named U16 Girls Team – Dolphin Ski Club Cup Ambition Racing

Best U14 Club – Rose and Thistle Cup Team Evolution

Best Named U14 Boys Team – Alpbach Visitors Ski Club Cup Kandahar Racing

Best Named U14 Girls Team – Kandahar Ski Club Cup British Ski Academy

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