October 28th, 2016

England call-ups for three Leamington alpine stars

England call-ups for three Leamington alpine stars England call-ups for three Leamington alpine stars

THREE Warwickshire skiers have been selected to represent England after impressing coaches at a recent selection weekend in Manchester.

Oliver Weeks, 13, from Leamington Spa, has been selected for the  English Under 16 Alpine Ski Squad.

While Ollie Eaton, 19, from Stockton, has been selected for the Under-21 squad and his 16-year-old sister Freya looks set to represent the Under-18s.

All three talented skiers were chosen to attend the selection weekend in Manchester, which involved fitness tests, on-snow skill-based exercises at indoor snow slope Chill Factore and strength & conditioning and nutrition sessions.

Following the weekend, their dreams of competing for Great Britain came a step closer to happening as they were selected to the English Alpine Ski Squads.

They will represent England in dry and indoor slope races across the country, as well as at the English Alpine Ski Championships in Italy next February.

“Our recent selection weekend for the English Alpine Ski Squads was a real success,” said Tim Fawke, chief executive of Snowsport England, who manage the English Alpine Squads.

“The enthusiasm and dedication from our athletes was really impressive and we have got some promising talent in all of our squads.

“We aim to help support all the athletes in their progression as ski racers as much as we can and help them fulfill their dreams of becoming professional skiers.”

For people interested in taking up skiing, they can get involved with Snowsport England’s GO SKI GO BOARD campaign which offers value for money sessions to give skiing or snowboarding a go and then continue to learn the skills of snowsports. You can find your nearest GO SKI GO BOARD session and slope on goskigoboard.org.uk