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National Skiing Success

After stunning performances in the regional qualifier no fewer than five Grange School ski teams were invited to compete in the recent English Schools Ski Association National Finals at the Norfolk Ski Centre in Norwich.

Each team in the competition consists of three or four racers who each complete two timed slalom runs.  The team result is the sum of the three fastest times from each run, so a team of three racers has no margin for error.

Our Under 12 Boys team, comprising Ollie Santini (age 10), William Edwards (age 9) and Ollie Millar (age 8), achieved an excellent fifth place finish despite being some of the youngest racers in the age division and also having to deal with the added pressure of being a team of three.

We had two teams in the U14 Girls.  Holly McGregor-Ogden (11), Kate Tranter (11), Emily Hills (10) and Eloise Biggs (9) overcame a few mishaps to finish with an amazing 7th place in this category.  The support they showed each other bodes well for the future.

Meanwhile, our other team in this catagory comprising of Issy Edwards (13), Amy Glassbrook (12) and Lucy Edwards (13) again had the pressure of being a team of three and all needing to complete both runs.  They all rose to the challenge magnificently and achieved 4th place in this group.

Our Under 14 Boys team of Ali Begg (13), Alexander Santini (12) and Matthew Millar (12), again a three, came away with a 7th place in their extremely competitive group with the smallest of time margins differentiating the top teams.

In the afternoon it was the turn of the Under 19 Boys team.  A whopping 35 teams and 135 skiers all assembled to do battle in this class.

Callum Begg (16), Ben Tranter (14) and Thomas Rascagneres (14) put in a phenomenal performance achieving a 10th place in this, probably the toughest of categories against much older competition.

They then managed to reproduce this form on the Sunday in the Open Boys Category (Upper Sixth pupils and below).  The team, with the addition of Ali Begg (13), gaining a very respectable 10th place against the best school ski teams in England. This has earned them an invitation to Edinburgh to participate in the British Schools Ski Championships at the end of November!

The level of camaraderie within the Grange squad was great to see and the pressures associated with ski racing were handled brilliantly by everyone.  Although there were no teams on the podium on the day the skiers did themselves, their parents and the school proud. Many of them exceeded their own expectations and contributed to their teams’ fantastic performances in what is after all a national level competition.

 

ESSKIA Nationals