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> Ladies Train in Saas Fee

> Liz Fulton celebrates 90th Birthday

> AICC 2016

> Jasmin Taylor - Season Update

> British Schoolgirls Races 2016

> Bethany Widdup - January Update

> Yasmin Cooper - First Race of the Season

> Bethany Widdup - November Update

> Alex Tilley - Solden World Cup

> Bethany Widdup - October Update

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Ladies Train in Saas Fee

7 Nov

9 Ladies, including new member Pam Collington, have just returned from a very successful week training Slalom and GS in Saas Fee with Amanda Pirie and Lynn Sharpe Mill of Target Ski . The week started with two days of Slalom gate training, followed by three days of GS gates on a variety of different pistes and terrain. We had asked for more challenging terrain this year to better prepare us for the pistes that we are likely to race on at the AICC, but when we saw the Slalom course on the first day the old adage "be careful what you wish for" did spring to mind! However, after a morning of focussed technique out of the course, all members of the group tackled the Slalom course with gusto and soon overcame any misgivings.

At 6pm we had a very useful talk about the technical phases of the turn, followed by very useful video feedback and day two saw us all able to put various pointers into practice on an even more challenging slope, followed by the customary evening video feedback session to see if we had managed to do so.

Day 3 saw us switching to GS skis, with, it has to be said, mixed levels of enthusiasm, and once again the initial reaction to the course for some people was "what on earth are we doing here?". However, once again everyone rose to the challenge and most were prepared to admit that they had really enjoyed the 'ride' and by the time we switched to the slope with the steepest pitch on day 4 we were attacking the course with gusto and very proud of the fact that we had a much better finish rate than the Spanish A team on the adjacent course, even if we were taking it slightly more sedately!

By the 5th and final day, we all felt that we had made real progress with our skiing and were all loving the GS course. We are now looking forward to putting it into practice at the AICC races 9th to 12th March 2017. If you are interested in joining the team for that event contact Joanna Percy for more information.

Lynn, far left, Amanda, far right, and the Ladies in Saas Fee, from l to r Caroline Simonds, Annette Hughes, Kate Thurman, Catherine Shelley, Caroline Brown, Pam Collington, Marguerite Nice and Sheridan Killwick (Sally Field had to leave before the photo was taken)

Liz Fulton, co-founder of the British Schoolgirls' Races, Celebrates 90th Birthday

5 Oct

On 19th September Liz Fulton, co-founder of the British Schoolgirls' Races, Celebrate her 90th Birthday. Liz has been a Member of LSC since 1958 when she founded the British Schoolgirls Races with Isobel Roe.

Amateur Inter Club Championships 2016

12 April

Last month 12 Ladies from the LSC competed in 3 teams at the AICC held in Lech, Austria.

Competing were:
Joanna Milner Percy, Annette Hughes, Jane Fawkes, Pene Cairns Came.
Caroline Brown, Marguerite Nice Yates, Sheridan Killwick, Bee Tuke.
Gayle Parsons, Elaine Davies, Catherine Shelley, Julie Lancaster and Kate Thurman was reserve

Between them the teams scooped two bronze medals and more importanly a great time was had by all.

Yasmin Cooper - First Race of the Season

13 Dec

Last weekend I competed in my first race of the season, and my first ever race in Canada with the British Ski Academy on their Artemis Ski Camp. I have been training in Panorama, Canada for the past 4 weeks, and on the 5th and 6th December was finally able to compete. The races were at Mount Norquay, which is a short two hour drive from Panorama.

The races started bright and early on the Saturday and I was so nervous! I have always found the first race of the season to be to most nerve racking, but also the most exciting, and this race was no exception. The Norquay race piste was also the steepest slope I had ever skied. So as I stood at the start, looking down on the course below, I was scared, but full of adrenaline. I pushed out the start with the full intention of being as fast as I possibly could! It started well until about 7 gates down the course where I made a huge mistake. I was certain I was going to ski out but somehow I managed to push off of my hand and pull myself around the gate, and as I went to push back into the course, I suddenly realised that I had dropped my pole! However, I was determined to finish my first race of the season and cross blocked every gate with my palm!

The second run was much better, I went from 15th after the first run to 7th after the second. So at the end of the day I finished 9th and scored 79.2 FIS points, which although was not the result I had wanted, it was encouraging to see what I could do! I went into the next day full of positivity and a huge sense of determination!

Day 2 started just as day 1 had. I was going down Bib 14 (which was a terrible draw out of the random top 15) and was ready for another day of slalom! My first run despite some mistakes was one of the fastest runs, putting me into 7th. But I knew I could do more! As I pushed out of the start gate on run 2 I had one word in my head. “Charge”. Looking back at the video, it is one of the scrappiest runs I have ever done in my life, but I stuck it out and didn’t give in and finished with the 4th fastest run time and a personal best result in slalom with 56.20 FIS points.

I didn’t realise that I was the U18 female winner until after my run. I couldn’t believe it. One of my dream goals whilst out in Canada was to return home with a medal, but I didn’t think it would happen! As I went up onto the podium I couldn’t stop smiling as I could never have imagined to have such a great season opener.

A huge thank you to Artemis for making this camp a possibility, Ski Bitz for making sure I always have the best ski tuning kit, and Salomon Racing UK for helping supply me with my new sandwich ski construction! I absolutely love it and proudly took it on the podium with me! And I now return to training in preparation for my next Canadian races, I am so hopeful and inspired for the upcoming season!

Follow Yasmin's Blog yasmincooperathlete.blogspot.co.uk 

Alex Tilley - Solden World Cup
A Parent's Eye View!

25 Oct

Dave Tilley writes.... "Looking from the outside in as the nervous parent of a WC Skier …

"Solden was Alex’s 12th WC start and most notably the first time that she’d made the top 30 cut finishing in an impressive joint 23rd position. She’d never skied the Solden hill before this race, the steepest on the WC GS circuit. She’d experienced a set-back a couple of days before the race damaging her race skis. Then there was the slight matter of 2 lengthy interruptions to deal with at the Start after Bib No’s 32 and 33 crashed out. But that’s all part of the scene. Alex kept her metal and, despite by her own admission making a slow start, was able to capitalise on the steep technical section of the course.

"So game on and her first WC points were beckoning. So what strategy would you adopt in your 2nd Run – ski slow/safe and score at least 1 WC point or attack/attack/attack ? Entering the latter part of the steep section and clearly having decided to ‘go for it’, it appeared that a 26 or 27th position was on the cards. Unfortunately that turned into a gut wrenching DNF at the bottom of the steep when she was spun out of a depression to the side of a control gate. Alex received a lot of encouragement from the Austrians who were cheering her on, Mikaela Shiffrin’s Coach and Marie Michele Gagnon – however, more than anything she proved to herself that she can mix it with the other girls and that skiing at this level s exactly where she wants to be. Roll on Aspen …."

 

Team Harte - Summer Update

11 Aug

We have been quite busy since the end of the season with various testing and making changes to a lot of things!

Natalia.. 

Our summer training has been going well again this year, we took a few weeks off at the end of the season to relax and give our bodies time to rest for the summer preparations. I took this time off to do some tests with doctors, nutritionists and my physio to fully diagnose what had been causing the reactions I had been experiencing during the season. They finally diagnosed me as having coeliac disease and wheat intolerance, which meant a big change to my diet. This meant that the last few months we have been fine tuning all of the food and reactions so that they no longer happen and give my body some time to heal as well and so far it is a lot better. Even without improving my strength and endurance in the gym just changing my diet has made me stronger not just physically and mentally but also functionally too. I can now go for a run without dying half way through which is a bonus :)  
Getting back into the gym and starting the summer fitness program has also been going really well, everything is making progress from the previous year. 
We are just back from our summer road trip which started off with a weeks training in Tignes. We arrived as the heatwave hit France, skiing in 19 degrees was definitely a new experience for us! The hot weather meant the days were cut shorter on the glacier but it gave us plenty of time to hike up the mountains. We then headed to Austria to pick up our new kit for the season. We took a little detour on the way stopping off at Verona and Venice to be tourists for a couple of days which is always nice to do especially as there is no time for that during the season.
We are now back to work and to the gym and looking forward to getting back on the skis again in October..

Giulia.. 

Unfortunately I ended the season a bit prematurely due to a displaced fracture of the collar bone which meant that it had to be put back in place. When we got home we got a couple of weeks rest so I took the time to go and see a consultant for advice on whether i needed surgery for my shoulder. They hoped it would heal naturally so they gave it some time to see if this would happen and in the mean time i could still go to the gym and carry on with the lower body workouts so that i wasn't missing out on too much training. It did not heal on its own and I had to undergo surgery at the end of may to have the shoulder plated for it to heal. A massive thanks to my consultant Mr Richards and his team at the fortius clinic, I was back in the gym 2 weeks later and back on skis in 6 weeks after surgery.. 
I have also been struggling with some reactions while exercising as I been struggling with a lot breathing problems which I found out is caused by a wheat allergy, so I took the time with my sister to perfect our diets so that we both could be reaction free. We still get some days were it will occur but things are looking a lot better for us this year!
Training has been going really well with all our changes and with the hard work of our coach and our physio, the improvements could been seen in the summer training trip we made to Tignes and the fitness training program as well we have both stepped up a lot. 
I am now unfortunately back at work but I am looking forward to getting back in the gym to work hard to prepare for our season starting again. 
 
We would like to say a massive thanks to all our sponsors who continued to support for the new season but also a big thanks to ladies ski club for always supporting us! - Head, Under Armour, Ski bitz, Zaini Hats, For Goodness Shakes, Nectar Fuel, Team Buff, SportsHub

Katie Guest - Season Update

12 Jul


Photo 'Jill on the Hill'

I have recently returned from Vermont, America where I have just spent 7 months training and competing at Killington Mountain School. I had a couple of good results throughout the season and managed to lower my FIS points, consequently improving my world ranking.

I started of the season in October where I met my coach and some of myteammates at Stubai Glacier in Austria where I then sent 2 weeks pre season training in altitude, which would help get back into training both on and off the hill. From Stubai I left Europe and started on my long journey to Vermont. Due to the lack of snow late October, early November there was still plenty of outdoor training to be had, such as biking and numerous obstacle courses (which may have sounded fun to begin with, but were a definite challenge). I then headed out to Copper Mountain, Colorado to get some training in and kick start my race season. Regrettably this was not the picture I had imagined as I travelled back to Vermont mid December, with a couple of disastrous results I decided to give racing a pause and focus on training. After about a week and a half plus a few crashes, I was happier, I competed in a couple races and achieved a top 20 result, it could only get better.

Unfortunately as with many sports there is a high chance of injury. With the weather hovering at below -30 for a couple weeks late January I had the misfortune of getting frostbite on my feet which meant I was not allowed to ski, or infact go outdoors for 3 weeks, this was a definite setback. Nevertheless, I took advantage of the gym facilities available to me at the school and spent the time trying to gain on my dryland training. After sitting out whilst watching my teammates go out skiing everyday and go to races without me definitely gave me an incentive to train harder when I was given a clear by the medical centre. This was just in time to compete in the Downhill/ Super G series at Sugarloaf which I won last year, but I only managed a of 5th and 6th place finishes, which I took as I hadn't skied for 3 weeks. With this confidence booster I continued my racing circuit and managed to make a couple of top 10 results which for me was great as some of the USA team girls showed up to a few of these races, and in retrospect was not far off them.

Unluckily with expenses and schedule overlaps my last few races in America clashed with the British Championships, and Scottish championships I missed both, and I came home in April. Since being back home I have managed to get a place at Newcastle University, and was re-selected for the Scottish National Team, currently I am continuing dryland training as I am hoping to carry on competing next year whilst at uni.

Emma Peters - Woman's Overall 2015 English Ski Cross Champion

30 Jun

LSC athlete Emma Peters retained the Woman's Overall '2015 English Ski Cross Championship title' for the third consecutive year at the weekend. An especially good result considering she was racing with a recently dislocated shoulder in this High Octane sport.

Hannah Loeffen-Gallagher - Winner of the LSC Award at the British Children's Championships

2 June


Photo Racer Ready

Hannah has been ski racing since the age of 5, when she and her older brothers moved from the UK to New Zealand and lived close to Mount Hutt so could ski at weekends. She has been lucky to have a group of friends that skied together every year, adding to the enjoyment of ski racing. She has regularly won titles for her racing, being selected by the NZ and UK ;children’s teams to train and ski in the Whistler Cup and Topolino in the northern hemisphere.

Hannah started training occasionally with the BSA in Les Houches on family holidays when visiting Europe from the age of 8. With the eventual move of her family back to Europe last year, she has skied for the British team this season. Her successes in 2015 have included six gold medals in the Anglo-Scottish and English races, all in the disciplines of Super-G and GS. In Tignes, she was thrilled to win the LSC award for best U16 Girl points overall in the British races that week.

Cara Brown - End of Season Update

14 May

My 2014-2015 winter season has now come to a close. This year has been a huge learning curve filled with lots of new experiences.
My season started over 10 months when I got my skis back on in June on the Val D’Isere, Tignes and Deux Alpes glaciers. I spent 5 weeks on the glaciers in Europe before heading down to Chile in August. The tech races in Chile didn’t quite go to plan but getting my speed skis on so early in the year was brilliant. I spent another 4 weeks in Tignes in Autumn before the first races of the season. Considering how little snow France received in December I’m really glad that I spent so long on my skis during the summer and autumn. Arriving at the first races of the season, having already spent 13 weeks on snow, made a huge difference; I felt ready to go from race 1 rather than having to work my way into it slowly for the first few weeks of winter.

My race season got off to a pretty good start scoring personal best results in Giant Slalom and Super G in my first races. When my coaches put Val D’Isere World Cup Super G on my program I was a little apprehensive at first but then I thought why not? I was starting last in the Super G but I didn’t finish last! I finished in 36th position which I was over the moon about. The whole experience was brilliant. There is a lot going on around a World Cup race but when it comes down to it the actual race isn’t that different from any other FIS races. The one thing that doing a World Cup really did for me was to motivate me to want to race amongst the best in the world all the time.

My best discipline, points wise, this year has been giant slalom. My points are now sitting at 21 having come down from 32 last season. I have scored numerous results under 30 throughout the season and I am really happy with my skiing. I can see that there is still room for improvement which gives me confidence going into my summer training.

As my giant slalom improved towards the end of the season I felt like my super G went slightly backwards. There is a very thin line in my Super G skiing between fast and slow skiing and I haven’t quite got it right yet. It’s really frustrating because I know the fast skiing is there but I’m hoping that over the summer it is something I can work on and be ready to improve on next winter.

My end of season schedule was very busy with the World Junior Championships in Norway just before the British Championships. This was the last year where I could compete at the World Juniors as I am now a Senior and I am so grateful that I was able to compete. I was really pleased with my results across all disciplines and I scored personal best results in Downhill and Super Combined. It was interesting to place myself amongst the best Juniors in the world, to see where I was standing and how much harder I need to work to reach the top level.

Just before the British Championships I was given the amazing opportunity to forerun the men’s and ladies downhill World Cup Finals in Meribel. The boys course was pretty scary but I have gained so much confidence in Downhill now. I had so much fun being in the same start as the top 25 in the world and it was really cool that I got to try out the course before all the racers!

My last big event of the season was at the British Championships in Tignes. Despite feeling uncomfortable that the Championships had been moved away from Meribel, which is the only place I have ever raced at my National Championships, the races were a great success. I was pretty nervous before the champs as I had a lot of titles to defend and there are a lot of Junior girls that have been skiing really well this season. However, I defended my overall Ladies, overall Junior and overall U21 titles! I also won the Junior GS title and the overall and Junior Downhill titles. I think the highlight of my week though had to be winning the second run of the Senior Giant Slalom, 1.4 seconds ahead of the next Brit.

As I have reached the end of the season I am already looking forward to getting back on skis in the next few months. I have set myself even bigger goals for next year and I’m ready to work as hard as I can to reach them. My coaches this year Gaby and Nico have been amazing and I give them a huge amount of credit for the progress I have made this year. Orsatus has evolved this year thanks to Alex Fourrat’s hard work and has become a group I am even happier to train with. I have been overwhelmed with support from Social Media so thank you to all those who wished me luck and well done throughout the season. Finally, a massive thank you to the Ladies Ski Club for all their support this year in helping me reach that next level!

Team Harte - End of Season Update

14 Apr

We have a mixture of emotions as the season comes to an end; we had an absolute blast this season but at the same time we were disappointed with how some of the races went this year..

Looking back on the season we just want to relive it all over again, I am so happy with how it turned out, not for the results as they were quite disappointing sometimes and I feel like sometimes there were too many mistakes made but because as a Team we had a really good time together and supported each other and never gave up believing we could achieve our end goal. I am quite pleased with a lot of my race runs but putting two together for an overall race result this year was quite challenging. Despite this, I started a few European cups this season and even managed to get myself on Italian tv in the Slalom leg of the European Cup in San Candido. I got quite a bit of silverware at this year’s British Championships as well.
However, ever since the end of last season I have been suffering with quite bad reactions to something and just before Christmas I found out it was from Wheat-Gluten allergy and also an imbalance of my sugar levels in my body. I have not been fully diagnosed yet as I was in the season I could not have these tests performed but these reactions meant that I was uncoordinated, off balance, dizzy, sick, extremely emotional and very confused and dazed for the most part of my time racing. These reactions get worse with exercise so racing for me was a bit of challenge this year. I will never use this as an excuse for some my performances this year and I am extremely proud with the results I have achieved this season with this. I am also so grateful for all the support my team has showed me to help me get through this to get into the start gate each day but it is now something I am going to spend some time getting tested while having some time off.

Giulia is also extremely happy with her season because it was really fun and the time the team spent together was really great. She also, had some good results and reduced her ranking at the beginning of the season. She had some good races in Pila in January but shortly after this unfortunately she had to take 4 weeks due a fall in super g in which saw her tear a muscle in her shoulder and have bad bone bruising on her clavicle. She started back racing and training in February and managed to put some good race runs down together and all through March as well. Unfortunately first race of British championships she had an accident and ended up with a displaced clavicle fracture in super G and now has to rest for 6 weeks. She is now waiting to see specialist to tell her what is next for her.

 We don’t define our success this season on how fast our times were or how good our points were but on how well we skied and how much fun we all had. It’s important not to lose sight of this during the season otherwise you lose your focus and your results start to slip. We may be leaving the season with a ranking that we were hoping would be better than it is now but more importantly we are leaving the season with a lot of confidence and direction for next season and we are so excited to get started.

Maria Goldberger

10 Apr

We were sorry to have to inform you that Maria Goldberger passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, 1st April. Maria was born in Poland but lived in England for much of her life. She was a distinguished academic but, more importantly to us, a very keen skier. She was a long-term LSC member and an outstanding manager of the British Ladies’ Ski Team during the 1960s and 1970s when we experienced such success particularly with Gina Hawthorn and Divina Galicia. Maria was also a very respected British delegate on FIS.

A full obnituary will follow in due course, but if you would like to be informed of funeral arrangements please contact Ros Humphrey

Ladies Ski Club Award - British Childrens Championships

6 Apr

The Ladies Ski Club Award for the best British Overall U16 Girl as calculated on race points went to Hannah Loeffen-Gallagher, and the BSR/LSC Award for the Second best British U16 Girl as calculated on race points went to Abigail Bruce. Congratulations Hannah and Abigail from all of us at the LSC

Emma Peters - Silver medal at Brits

30 Mar

LSC athlete Emma Peters won Silver at the BRIT's ski cross championships in Tignes earlier last week. Only 0.6sec behind A World Cup athlete in the qualification times, Emma has showed huge improvements this season. Looking forward to representing Team GB at the World Freestyle Jnr Championships in Chiesa, Valmalenco this week.

Jasmine Taylor - World Cup Roundup

24 Mar

Following the World Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (USA), the World Cup race circuit travelled to Thyon and then Murren in Switzerland before concluding in Rjukan, Norway where I finished 7th in the Classic, 6th in the Sprint and 5th in the Dual Sprint. In Thyon, I achieved another 5th place in the Sprint race.

The highlight of the 2014/15 season was undoubtedly the bronze medal at the World Championships and with a full World Cup tour completed I'm looking forward to taking everything I've learned and building on this success for my 2015/16 World Cup campaign. Thank you to – my sponsors, supporters, team, family, friends and everyone that makes it possible.

If you missed any of the racing and want to catch up, follow this link and for the full story and more pictures see my blog here

Franki Simonds beats all the men to Win the City Ski Championships

20 Mar

Last weekend, LSC member Franki Simonds became the first female skier to win the City Ski Championships in its 16-year history.


Photo courtesy of Momentum Ski

“Franki not only beat Britain’s highest achieving alpine downhill skier, Konrad Bartelski, and former British Olympian, Graham Bell, she also narrowly beat, by one-tenth of a second, Nicolas Masserey, top race instructor from ESS Montana ski school.” - http://festival.momentumski.com/

Having done very little skiing over the last 12 months the first days training was a steep learning curve to get my timing and confidence back. After 7-8 runs in the GS course however I was feeling great and ready to race. The hill was quite flat but had some tricky ridges so I knew I was going to have to ski smart. Having spent a while explaining how to ski the ridges to my team mates I felt confident going into the race and was looking forward to getting back into some proper skiing. Unfortunately lack of practice and fitness meant that I was rather late and out of control on the first run, but as they didn’t change the course for the second run I had a second chance and was determined to get it right. Spurred on by beating the legendary Graham Bell on the first run and with Steve Redgrave chasing me down (the top 10 girls went in reverse followed by the top 30 men) I got the two tricky sections right had a lovely smooth run, coming through with a time that I knew might win the overall prize. The wait felt long (improved by a Kir Royale in hand) but as the last male came down it was great to know that I hadn’t lost all my skiing ability and had taken the overall prize.

The City Ski Championships is a brilliant event with everything you would expect from an amateur racing event. If you can find time between testing skis from the Snow & Rock tent, getting a free physio session, trying out the speed trap, brushing up on your GS technique and the actual racing there are Bloody Marys to refresh you, celebrities to meet, brilliant live music, Après Ski, Comedy and Business Forums to attend. The racing was well run by the ESS in difficult warm conditions, and the finish marquee complete with commentary from Matt Chilton made for a great atmosphere.

At the moment the ladies are a little thin on the ground at this event and Accenture entered the ONLY all ladies ski team into the parallel slalom. I would love to see a little more participation from the Ladies side of the racing.

Liz Stevenson - World Cup Ski Cross Update

19 Mar


Photo GEPA

Having been injured in November 2013 Liz was only able to start her season at the end of January 2015 with the World Championships in Kreischberg Austria. She qualified for the finals, producing  a credible performance to come in 23rd. Liz followed this with two World Cups in Switzerland, two World Cups in Sweden and two World Cups in Germany. Solid performances with two 12th places in Are in Sweden earned Liz a coveted spot in the World Cup Finals in Megeve, and also enabled her to compete in an extra World Cup the day before Finals which replaced cancelled events in the USA. Liz unfortunately had some crashes in the replacement World Cup but nonetheless finished 14th, and was delighted to qualify for the quarter finals the following day for the official World Cup Finals race, finishing 11th, her best World Cup place to date. Liz completes her season with an overall 19th ranking in the World Cup, a significant improvement on what she started out the season with.

Asked about her season Liz said, ‘It has taken a tremendous amount of hard work and tenacity to reach this point and I am delighted with the results. I would like to thank my coach and family for their unfailing support and  my fellow athletes on the tour, Fanny Smith and Ophelie David for their consistent help and confidence in me.’

Liz’s coach, Gar Trayner said, ‘The World Cup is the hardest possible environment to come back from injury in, but Liz improved and got more competitive with every race. I am very proud of her.'

Liz now returns to Stanford University in California where she is studying for her MA in English Literature and is a Research Assistant in Digital Literature. She is
looking forward to summer training.

Bethany Widdup - Mid Season Report

18 Mar

Since my last update I have been very busy training and travelling all across Europe to various different races. Between returning back to Austria on the 28th December until now I have competed in 26 races, a mixture of all three disciplines; Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. Throughout all of the races I have had a mixed bag of results and feelings about how I have skied at each race. I have learnt a huge amount and not specifically just about technical skiing. I have learnt how to understand dealing with a bad day or a bad result and what I can do about it to hopefully prevent it from happening again. I have learnt that although this is very frustrating at the moment, I have to look at these things from a long term perspective. I am happy that I am picking up and learning a lot which will help me in the future.

The aspect that I seem to be struggling with this year, which you can see by my results, is unfortunately my racing. I have had a large number of races in which I would have like to have capitalised upon more and skied for the win along with reducing my seed points. In all of the races there has been plenty of positives, whether it be a good first run or good attack and good skiing in sections but I haven't yet been satisfied with both of my race runs.

I then travelled to the English Championships in Bormio. Although I know myself I could have skied parts of the week a lot better and this relates back to my problem with racing at the moment, I am happy coming away from the English. Along with the racing at the English I was asked to light the torch and open the
championships. This was a huge honour and a proud moment for me. Throughout the week I then skied consistently which enabled me to come joint 2nd overall with my team mate in the Overall English Championships.

At the start of the season one of my main goals was to be selected to compete at the World Junior Championships. A few weeks ago I was aware that I had qualified but this didn't mean that I would be 100% selected. I am very happy to have been selected and I am really looking forward to competing with the best
girls in the world in my age group. It will be a huge experience for me as this is the first major event that I have been selected to compete in.

LSC compete at The Amateur Inter Club Champs

17 Mar


(Before the dual slalom) L to R Back row - Carolyn Morgan, Jane Fawkes, Gayle Parsons, Joanna Milner Percy, Pene Cairns, Caroline Brown
Front Row - Marguerite Nice, Catherine Shelley, Vanda Joss, Caroline Simonds, Elain Davies and Sheridan Killwick

A record 12 members of the Ladies Ski Club competed in 3 teams at the AICC last weekend and very much enjoyed the excelent race organisation and hospitality at the Italian run races in Madonna Di Campiglio.

After a day when most of the team were able to have a warm up ski and practice GS gates, the event got under way in earnest the next morning, Friday 13th (!) with a Super G in glorious sunshine. The snow held up well and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the flowing course. In the evening snow cats took us up the mountain for an excellent dinner and more generous Itialian hospitality.

Day two of racing was two GS runs under slightly cloudy skies, but warmer weather meant that the softened snow was scraped off in places to expose the ice underneath making the 2nd run rather more challenging for all of us. However, all team members got down safely.

The fun then started in earnest with the dual slalom event; the consolation being that the earlier your team was knocked out the sooner you got to the free champagne cocktails and delicious local meat and cheese in the finish area.


After !!

The evening gala prizgiving dinner was excellent, with our Italian hosts laying on a 'ballet' to entertain us, and both the more senior ladies, and the slightly younger ladies A team were presented with their bronze medals (although in the typically relaxed style of the event, the results would indicate that the slightly younger ladies did in fact finish a very impressive 2nd in their age category!).

It was a truely great weekend of skiing and hospitality and we look forward to the 2016 event in Lech, from 9th to 12th March. If you think that you would like to join in the fun contact Joanna about joining the team and/or Marguerite about race training early next season.

Cara Brown - Junior World Champs & mid Season Roundup

16 Mar

Cara Brown
Photo Agence Zoom

This year has been going pretty well so far. Still training in Meribel with Orsatus race team,  I have been focusing on giant slalom and the speed events so slalom has taken a bit of a back seat. So far I have scored in Giant Slalom, taking my points down to 26, in Super G where my points are now 58, and in Downhill to give myself 85 points.

My biggest event this year was my first ever World Cup in Val d’Isere! I competed in the Super G race just before Christmas. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I could have been a part of it. I finished in 36th place, 7 seconds off the leader. I was really pleased with my finish result and the whole experience really showed me how much harder I need to train to reach the top level in skiing and it has motivated me to try my best every day to get faster! After Christmas I tried to do my first EuropaCups in St Moritz. On the program were two downhills and a super g however due to bad weather the whole week of races was cancelled after just one training run.

This year I really wanted to up my game in Giant Slalom and start to prove myself in some tougher races. The race that I am proudest of so far this year was in a FIS GS in Les Menuires as it was a really tough field and I finished ahead of quite a few girls on the French Europacup team. I am now at a point where I feel really confident on my giant slalom skis and I want to keep improving.

My last big event of the season was in Hafjell at the World Junior Championships. I competed in the Giant Slalom, Super G, Super Combined, Downhill and the team event. My best result was in the Giant Slalom where I finished in 38th place having started 50th. However I scored best results in the Super Combined and in the Downhill which I am really happy with. The whole event was a lot tougher than I expected it to be with the level of the other girls being extremely high. It was great to see that I could still perform in such a difficult field of racers. This year has really been about gaining experience in the next level of skiing and I have taken it all on board and I will be using it to go faster in the future.

There are only a few weeks left of the season with the British Championships starting in Tignes next week. I have a lot of titles to defend from last year but I am feeling confident in my skiing and I can’t wait to see how the results turn out!

Jazmine Taylor - World Championship BRONZE

3 Mar

Following the traditional opening ceremony and public bib draw in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I was starting number 7 for the Sprint race. The hill changed dramatically in pitch throughout, with a difficult jump dropping competitors into the steepest section. I finished both runs in third place, achieving a World Championship bronze medal for Great Britain.

Jaz WC Bronze

Jasmine on top ofhte world after winning BRONZE at the World Championships in the Sprint event.

Ellie Koyander - 4 Europa Cup Podiums

09 Feb


2nd place for Ellie at Valmalenco

With two 2nd and two 3rd place finishes, Ellie Koyanders’ Europa Cup Podium Performances are a first for British Freestyle Mogul Skiing.

Following a very successful start to the Moguls Skiing World Cup Tour where Ellie won her first head to head race in the Deer Valley Dual Moguls World Cup against Azusa Ito of Japan and progressed to the second round to race against two time Olympic Medalist Hannah Kearney, Koyander commented:

“This years preparation for the competition season was all about pushing my comfort levels and hitting ‘podium making’ speeds at World Cup. I was so stoked to take my first win in dual moguls against ‘Azusa Ito’ and progress to race against my idol ‘Hannah Kearney’ in Deer Valley and learnt so much from that one race. Since then I have really being pushing the speed element of my skiing and at the World Ski Championships I was only 0.1 of a second behind Hannah and have continued to progress in this area which I find very exciting. Click here for full press release

To see a video of Ellie’s Europa Cup Highlights so far click here.

Alice MacAulay - World University Games

07 Feb

I’m off to Spain tomorrow to compete in the world university games based in Granada, Alpine skiing taking place in sierra Nevada. This is one of the biggest winter sports events and will be the highest level competition I've ever competed in. My aim is to finish in the top 30 in the events I’m competing in. I will be racing in the Alpine skiing ladies Slalom and Giant Slalom events, these are scheduled to take place on the 11th and 13th Feb respectively. If you are interested in following the events there is a live video stream at http://www.livefisu.tv -  you need to sign up but it is free. You can also look at the results on the FIS Ski website http://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/results.html which has live timings and results after the event. For more information about the event and to look at how GB as a team are doing you can also visit (sadly no GB medals so far! ) http://www.granada2015.org/en/ .

Emily Sarsfield - January Update

05 Feb

Despite missing out on the World Championships to continue with her rehab, Emily Sarsfield writes that she worked with the BBC commentating on the Freestyle Worlds, and remains positive and optimistic about her recovery from injury. She has just spent a week of intensive training with my physio and S & C coach in Cardiff.

She also announced that she has recently been appointed UK Ambassador for the winter boot company SOREL which she is very excited about and this February she will be coaching the Army Alpine Ski Team at the Inter Services Championships in Meribel.

EmSkiSchool has officially launched so Emily will be doing ski master classes during her down times from competition and training in the coming seasons, in order to help fund her competitive skiing career whilst she is still on the snow.

Jazmine Taylor - World Cup Update

20 January

The most recent round of Telemark World Cup racing began in Bad Hindelang, Germany with two days of competition; a Sprint and a Dual Sprint before continuing with two more Sprint races in Golte, Slovenia. Following that, the tour moved to Rauris, Austria for the British hosted World Cup. It felt great to arrive to a big British atmosphere, my fellow GB team-mates and a resort with many fond memories.

Friday morning was the final Sprint race of the tournée - I finished in 5th place and was less than one second off the podium. The final race was a Classic, I finished in 8th place with, again, just one second separating the top four to eight racers, which is even more minimal in a race with a duration of over three minutes. It would be fair to say I had a tough start in Germany and Slovenia but certainly feel happier with my performances in Austria.

 

All of these races will be shown on live streaming where you can also see all timings and information.

Follow this link: http://www.teleho.eu/telemark.html 

If you missed the racing you can catch up via the link below. 
Follow this link: http://new.livestream.com/TeleHo

Emma Peters wins Northern Echo Award

30 Dec

Congratulations to Emma Peters, junior skier cross champion, who received the Junior Award for Sporting Excellence at the recent Northern Echo Local Hero awards.

Emma Peters - Ski Cross Champion

29 Oct

Emma Peters

Congratulations to Emma Peters on a very successful 2013/14 season, netting, amongst other prizes the following trophies:

Rossignol Cup: Overall winner of the U18 GBR Indoor race series
Head Cup: Overall winner of the Overall Category GBR Indoor race series
Ski Bartlett Trophy: Winner in the Ladies Overall Category GBR combined Indoor / Outdoor race series

Team Harte update

29 Oct

Team Harte has been busy since the end of last season; this year our team has expanded significantly. As part of our team we have our dedicated physiotherapist from St Lawrence Physiotherapy Clinic who has been working with us all summer and will be joining us in the season. Also our team nutritionist who has been guiding is in the art of food, and thanks to SportsHub who have been working with us with sponsorship etc. We can’t forget our parents who do everything and manage us as well!

 Currently, we are part time athletes choosing to focus on our fitness in the summer and working part time to help fund our winter season. We had a good couple of week’s recovery after the season last year and then we hit the fitness programme hard. Our strength and power have increased significantly this year and we are very excited to bring this to our skiing. We currently in our Pre season training on Tignes Glacier and would like to thank our very generous sponsor for sorting us out with accommodation here. We are looking forward to welcoming our new team physiotherapist to the mountains so that we can maximize all of our training and ensure that we are ready to start the season.

 This summer we have also welcomed Under Armour, Uvex Uk and For Goodness Shakes recovery drinks on to our sponsors,we are looking forward to being a part of their team.

We would also like to say a big thanks to Ladies Ski Club, Team Buff Uk, Ski Bitz, Zaini Hats and Head skis for continuing to support us every season. We are very excited for the new season to begin..

Kelly and Charlotte receive MBE

17 Oct

On Tuesday 14th Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans went to Buckingham Palace to recieve their MBEs

Alex Tilley - Summer Training

26 Sept

After a tough year last year, I spent my summer working hard both in the gym and also on the mental side too. By February last year I was completely drained emotionally and so I took the decision (an incredibly hard one at the time) to take a break and come home for a while until I regained my passion and enthusiasm for the sport. Working with a sports psychologist helped massively with this and it has also provided me with some incredibly important strategies to use in the rest of my career as a ski racer.

Having just finished a 7 week camp in New Zealand, I am happy to say that all the work I put in over the summer has been invaluable. On the hill not only was I enjoying the skiing much more, but I also managed to achieve a much more focused approach in my training runs, which I think really showed in the consistency of my form, something that was always lacking in my skiing in the past. In New Zealand we competed in a number of races, a mixture of FIS and ANC (Australia New Zealand Cup). My aim before I went down there was to take all of the races as training, have no expectation and just experiment with them, figure out what works for me in terms of routines and to go into each race with my skiing as the only focus, no emphasis on results whatsoever. It was a struggle at the start with 5 DNFs in a row, even though I was finishing in training and was fast too. But the next block of races is when it seemed to come together. Although there were a couple of races where I was in the perfect position to make a really good result after first run, and then made a big mistake in the second, I was incredibly happy with the way I skiid in those races, and I feel like as long as the consistency is there along with the ability to produce that skiing on the day, the results will easily follow.

Looking back I think New Zealand was a really important camp for me, I have come away with some best results under my belt and feel like I have learnt a lot that I can take into the remainder of the season. My main goals for this year are to really compete at Europa Cup level and to drop my FIS point to less than 15.

Jasmin Taylor - short listed for Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Award and needs your votes!

13 Aug

Jasmin Taylor, Britain's top Telemark skier - raked 7 inthe world, has been short-listed for the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Award and needs to collect public votes!

You can see her profile and vote on-line by clicking here.

There is no maximum amount of votes you can cast!

Emma Peters wins 2 year scholarship to Aiglon College

12 Aug

Ski Cross athlete Emma Peters is delighted to have been awarded a 2 year scholarship to Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland, which will enable her to carry on training and competing as well as studying for the International Baccalaureat to fulfill her aim of becoming a doctor.

Click here to see the full story

Charlie Guest - 2015 Season Plans

18 July

As I head out to New Zealand for the start of the 2015 snow season it seemed an appropriate time to give you an update onthe last couple fo months.

After returning from Austria at the end of April I took one week off to see friends, wind down and try to organise everything for the start of my conditioning block. I have been working with the Scottish Institute of Sport now for almost 10 weeks with great support and coaching. My strength, movements and physical condition is all heading in the right direction now and I’m looking forward to continuing with all of the work throughout the New Zealand season as well.

Last week, I went out to Portugal for a conditioning camp with Stefan our coach. It was a great break from ‘not so sunny’ Scotland and to get some cross sport training. I think I must have spent well over 24 hours surfing, which has done wonders for my upper body strength, core and balance. It is safe to say that it is going to take a lot more practice, but I’m in the process of trying to convince Stef to let us have another camp like that. However, it wasn’t all fun and games, and there were some absolutely brutal gym and running sessions in the programme every day.  You can see the pictures on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Guest/1432872986983939?ref=hl and also through my new website  www.charlieguest.com .

In between my two training sessions a day, the main focus has also been on the never ending sponsor and funding hunt! I have just set up a fundraising account through makeachamp.com, a site specifically designed to help athletes achieve their goals. My page can be found at http://makeachamp.com/charlieguest. I would really appreciate if you all could take a look at it, and even if making a donation is not possible, share the link amongst anyone that may be interested to help me raise the funds  that are needed to train on a world class programme with the British Senior Team. I have 44 days left to raise funds through this site. The main goal for this season is the World Championships in Vail, Colorado in February, which will not be a cheap trip. If you can help, you will be part of the team getting me to the Champs, and you will be part of helping to get a British racer onto the top of a World Cup podium in the future.

Thank you all for the amazing support that The Ladies Ski Club has already given me over my short career, I love being a part of such a great team of winter sport lovers, and I promise you that the best of my skiing is still to come!

Kelly Gallagher & Charlotte Evans MBE

13 June

We are delighted to be able to announce that two of the top athletes the club supports, and also the only two alpine skiers ever to win a gold medal in Olympic competition, have been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in acknowledgement of their fantastic achievement at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in March of this year.

On behalf of the club, I would like to offer our congratulations and very best wishes to Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans.

Kay Whelan 13/6/2014

Peter Whelan's wedding

9 June

On Saturday 5th April, my son Peter married his childhood sweetheart Jessica, it was a wonderful day and the Bride looked truly beautiful. Several of my son's athlete friends flew in from around the world to be part of this celebration. So I took the opportunity to have my photograph taken with so many 'hunky' athletes.

From left to right: Frederico Pastore, Argentina ski cross team, who is holding his 6 month old son. Ex Crystal Globe winner, complete with his trademark moustache, Slovenian ski cross Champion Filip Flisar. Current World Champion speed skiing, Team GB's Jan Farrell, who lives in Madrid. My son Peter Team GB no: 1 ski cross. Me, the proud mother of the Bridegroom. Former Team GB alpine and ski cross athlete, now a coach Craig Robinson, who lives in France and lastly a former BCST alpine racer James Kane.       

Kay Whelan 9/6/2014   

Emma Peters retains indoor title

8 June

LSC and National Freestyle Squad Athlete Emma Peters retains the 'English Ski Cross Championship Title' in the 'Overall category' for the second year. 
Chillfactore snow dome, Manchester 08/06/14

Jasmine Taylor - End of Season Report

29 May

Jasmin Taylor makes history for Great Britain with first ever World Cup podium
Jasmin Taylor is the 2x British Telemark Champion, 2013 French National Cup Champion and is now ranked #7 in the world. This season she was the first ever Briton to podium in the FIS Telemark Skiing World Cup, making history by finishing 2nd place in Hintertux, Austria early on in the season.



Jasmin will spend the summer months working with new team member Dr Emmanouil Georgiadis at the University Campus Suffolk, undergoing bio-feedback training as well as her physical training program with bio-mechanist (Dan Donnelly) and keeping up her work as an ambassador of winter sport charity, Snow-Camp and regional charity Suffolk Sport; both of which promote sport.
Next winter the FIS World Cup Telemark tour is set to start in November, continuing through to April with the World Championships scheduled to take place in Colorado, USA.

Jasmin also plays a part in making her sport, telemark skiing an Olympic one by 2022. She comments, “Telemark skiing is the original form of skiing that is now coming back into fashion, it’s beautiful to watch and so much fun to do, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be Olympic!”

Giulia Harte - End of Season Report

28 May

This season has been an interesting one for me, summer and autumn training went very well so I had high hopes going into the first races of the season. Unfortunately The results were not what I had hoped for and my racing was very inconsistent throughout the season  however I am happy with the standard of my technical skiing going into next season.

I've spent the ski season battling with school work as I am currently taking my a levels with no support from my school and my breathing problem. I had my first operation last September to try and fix the problem and just had my second operation to hopefully have finally cleared the problem.

Now we have have a few weeks break then the dry land training starts again and I am looking forward to preparing for next season. 

Bethany Widdup - End of Season Report

28 May

The past season 2013/14 was my first full time season in which I did not have to combine both skiing and education. I was really looking forward to being able to focus 100% on my skiing. For the third time I was based in Leogang with Ambition. The set up that Haus Tirol has for the athletes is really good and something that we really benefit from

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Photo Courtesy of Matt Birch

I started the beginning of the season with very little snow experience having only raced in 31 races with my FIS points being Slalom: 78.46 and GS: 125.12. Now, at the end of the season, I have raced in a further 47 races reducing my points to Slalom: 45 and GS: 78.27, five podiums
with two overall wins and three third place finishes.



Along with learning a lot about skiing full time, I also learnt a lot about myself and what it takes to be a full time athlete. I now look forward to a summer of hard work both earning some money and dry land training to set me up for the 2014/15 season.

Auction Night a great success

14 May

Last night the LSC held a fundraising reception, kindly hosted by Snow+Rock at their Kensington Store, which was very much enjoyed by all those who attended. John Townsend of CBRE Ltd auctioned a very wide variety of items, from holiday apartments, tickets to events, and pictures, to ski sessions with some of our top Athletes, and kept us all thoroughly engaged and amused throughout the auction.


Most hotly contested item was a ski session with Gold Medal winner Charlotte Evans (above), closely followed by an equally popular session with telemark star Jasmine Taylor. Thank you very much to both girls for donating their time. Other Athletes present at the reception were Darcie Mead and Emily Sarsfield and our thanks also to past racers Michelle Quaile and Franki Simonds for coming to help out, and to our excellent team of hostesses led by Jane Whelan who kept us well supplied with drinks and canapés.


Guests examine the Aution List prior to the bidding

Althought he final sums have not yet been done, the evening was a big success and raised a considerable sum of money towards funding our up and coming crop of athletes hoping to be competing in Korea in 2018.

Thank you very much to all those who attended and particularly to those who bid so generously. A huge thank you also to the staff of Snow + Rock who allowed us to invade their shop and were so helpful throughout the evening. 

Emma Peters - Wins Indoor GBR Grandprix

12 May

National ski cross squad athlete 16 year old Emma Peters (centre) switched skiing disciplines this weekend and won the Woman's Overall category in the combined GBR / British Indoor Grand Prix slalom race on Sunday. That win followed on from Saturdays Grand Prix race where she placed runner up. Emma has only just returned back to her home in South Tyneside from Italy, where she was placed 18th in the World Freestyle Jnr Championships.

Emma is supported by Rossignol, Skiers Trust Fund, skiA and Chillfactore, the UK's biggest indoor snow dome.

She would also like to say a special thank you to her expert ski boot fitter Keith Yeoman from 'Foot Stability' who are based in Newcastle for sorting out her problem.

Emma Peters - World Junior Ski Cross Championships

20 April

Venue for the event was Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy and it was a very new experience for me, as this was by far the biggest competition I have competed in.

For the first two days we had training, a very important time to get a feel for the course we would be racing on. The course was quite big, big in a way that all of the jumps were all about the same size but were one after the other and in a continuous movement of either trying to squash them or pop them. Depending on the time of day we started training the snow was solid on run 1 and the speed I carried almost doubled the speed I carried on runs 3&4 as the snow quickly deteriorated turning to slush from the baking hot sun but gave the competition a nice atmosphere. Nevertheless I spent the time constructively and made huge improvements from run to run as I gained confidence and my skill level increased. By using a go pro I was able to calculate the time it took me to complete the course and from the first run on training day one to the last run on day two I had knocked 10 seconds off my time. I was very pleased with this and it gave me a boost for the race day which was soon approaching.

Emma Peters

It was race day on the Sunday. It started a lot earlier than the training days had, which affected the snow, as it was running a lot faster than in training and my judgments had to be flexible on what movement or action was to be taken on each feature. Thank goodness for the training hour we had before the qualification timed run as they were desperately needed. Before I knew it, it was time for qualification and as I was 2nd last ranked so I went 2nd last out of all the women. This was a minor disadvantage as the snow was steadily getting slower racer by racer, but I did not expect to be to highly ranked as I had only started ski cross racing a year ago. With very limited training and just a few races under my belt this season, mainly due to races being cancelled by poor weather conditions, I came down and finished just outside of qualification group of 16 by 0.4 second. I was placed 18th in the World in an age range of 16>21 and I was the youngest competitor there. I was quite happy with my time as I was only 5 seconds off the lead time which was mainly down to one horrendous major mistake on my qualifying run. I overshoot a landing of a jump and landed on the uphill section of the next feature, this lost me huge amounts of time but nevertheless it was a great experience. I learned a lot from my GBR team mates Scott Garvie, Sam Allen and Laurence Willows, who had competed here last year at this event and most of all from Ian Findlay the head coach. But not forgetting the priceless help from Chris David and Ian Danby, Christine Findlay (strength & conditioning) Richard Breese & Stephen Edwards (alpine clubs AKTIV & EDEP) and not forgetting my mum and dad who supported me hugely financially and my dad the new team ski tech (team official)!!

Emma Peters - British Ski Cross Championships

17 April

I am pleased to announce that Rossignol will also be supporting me as a sponsored team athlete in Freestyle, Ski Cross next season after winning Silver in the Overall Category at the 'MONSTER' sponsored event at the Brit's in Tignes

There was a large field of racers this season attracting no less than 3 British World Cup athletes, Emily Sarsfield, Pam Thorburn & Ed Drake.

The course was made to suit all classes of racers from children to World Cup athletes. From the 4 gate start you encountered the first small jump followed by a long flat gliding section which included rollers before dropping into the faster steeper section full of jumps and banked turns.  Due to very warm conditions parts of the course were softening up badly especially on the tight banked turns. Several of the racers crashed in to the safety netting during the training runs including myself with a fat lip, bloodied nose, loose teeth and a grazed chin but hey, that's all part of ski cross racing.

So, after the warm up runs we then did 2 qualification timed runs down the course with your best time run placing you in the heats. I qualified 3rd fastest in the ladies behind Emily & Pam and progressed through the heats to the big final by winning my semifinal against Pam who crashed on one of the jumps.

In the final I was close to the heels of Emily on the gliding section but she showed her World Cup experience and pulled away on the lower section of the course to take the win with myself crossing the line in second place.

LSC members Emily Sarsfield (centre) and Emma Peters (left) after winning Gold and Silver respectively at the Monster Energy Brits

Kelly & Charlotte - Medway Civic Reception

20 April


Caroline (R) and I were honoured to have been invited to a 'surprise' Tea Party by the Mayoress of Medway City Council, which was held on 15th April at the Civic Suite to celebrate Kelly and Charlotte's 'Golden Win' at Sochi and could not resist a quick photo opportunity with our fantastic racing girls. However we forgot to touch those medals! (speak for yourself Kay - they are impressively heavy!!)

Kay Whelan

Emily Sarsfield - 12th in Ski Cross World Cup Finals

25 Mar

Emily Sarsfield 12th in World Cup Finals

Emily Sarsfield, British No1 Ski Cross World Cup Athlete finished 12th in Sunday’s invite only Ski Cross World Cup Finals, where the World’s top 32 ladies and top 32 men competed in the final race of the season. Sarsfield, 30 from Durham, came through tough conditions in La Plagne to earn her 12th place amongst the World's Ski Cross elite.

"I’m so happy to finish the season smiling! A massive thanks to all my sponsors and those people who believed in me."
said Sarsfield on her result.

This World Cup result is Sarsfield's best of a difficult season, which has seen her overlooked by BOA for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, whilst previously missing out on Vancouver 2010 through injury.

Paralympic Success - Congratulations Kelly, Charlotte and Jade

18 Mar


The GOLDEN GIRLS Kelly (r) and Charlotte


Jade (r) with guide Caroline celebrate one of 3 Silver & 1 bronze medals

The LSC would like to congratulate our club members Kelly, Charlotte and Jade on their FANTASTIC achievements in Sochi. They won one Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medal, a first in British alpine racing. The club would also like offer congratulations to Caroline Powell, Jade's guide, Millie Knight and her guide Rebecca Ferrier and Anna Turney for their impressive performances at the Games.

These girls proved themselves to be superb athletes over difficult terrain and varying snow conditions, they also displayed professionalism on the world stage and have made us all very proud. It would be remiss not to offer the clubs congratulations to the team coach Tony Mcallister, he had done a fantastic job and built a 1st class team.

Natalie Beattie - Mid Season Update

03 Mar

I started my season in Val Thorens and was skiing quite well all through the summer and spring training so I was quite confident. Unfortunately, the beginning of season did not go quite as planned. I would ski well on one run but then fall on the second or vice versa.  I would then ski some very good sections and then fall, but get up and finish.  So my results  weren't as good as I had hoped.  

I finally put down 2 good runs and scored a 30 points in Val d'Isere which I was pleasing.  With this result my confidence returned.  I won a few Citizen races which also boosted my confidence. I then decided to compete in my first Europa Cup. 

On the 28th of February, I raced in my first Europa Cup. Unfortunately, I fell over in the warm up course and damaged my knee. I decided to race anyway as I really wanted to make the most of this experience. The race  did not go well at all and in retrospect it was a mistake to compete. When I got home that night I went to the doctors and was sent for x-rays. I was told I had sup dislocated my knee cap and had damaged my cartilage.  I had  key hole surgery ( on the 4th of Feb ) and I am now doing as much Physio and recuperation as possible. I hope to be back on the skis soon but I must listen to the specialists advice. Key hole surgery normally takes 2 months for a full recovery but I hope to recover a little quicker and be back on my skis in late March. This would hopefully enable me to compete in the British and Scottish champs at the end of the season. 

I have now had the same problem on both knees so I hope that nothing else happens to me!!

Charlie Guest - Mid Season Update

18 Feb

I am writing this from my hotel room in Monte Pora, Italy waiting on news of tomorrows Europa Cup GS after a cancellation this morning after 2 solid days of downpours. This season has been an alien one when it comes to the weather with spring like conditions covering most of Europe playing havoc with a number of races, but never the less I think I have competed in excess of 30 races so far. So bearing in mind that it is only mid-February, the last 4 months or so of my life couldn’t have really been more hectic.

Opposed to last year, my main successes so far of 13/14 have come in GS and having finished New Zealand ranked around 230th in the world, an early season win in Funaesdalen, Sweden, saw this drop once more to just over 140th.  A progression that I am immensely happy with and again hoping to improve on before the end of the season in April, but is already far superior to the seasons goals that I drew for myself in GS last July, making any results now all the sweeter. This European season has also seen me have the use of the ANC bib in all EC races and in Kirchberg EC GS in January everything really came together. I made my first Europa Cup points just 2.8s behind Kathrin Zettel - arguably one of the most accomplished female technical racers on the Austrian WC team - and ahead of some well-known names on the WC circuit. I was also hoping to make my first World Cup start in GS at the beginning of February, but again, rain and soft conditions meant that it had to unfortunately be cancelled.

However, I have had 2 World Cup starts this season, both in Slalom, one in Lienz and the other Flachau – Austria. Lienz saw very tricky and changeable conditions, and much to my disappointment I did not ‘bring my A game’ making it apparent to just how far I still have to go, but also highlighting that I had made some massive steps since even the summer. In Flachau I was determined not to ‘undersell’ myself, and show everyone that I could be within touching distance of the top 30. The run actually went really well, and I skied like I had been in training, but a mistake near the bottom cost me everything and I was out. Even so, my slalom rankings and points have been definitely moving in the right direction, albeit slightly slower than I had envisaged, but a successful series in Kranjska Gora will bring my points down to just above 20 on the next list.

Just last week the team for World Junior Championships was announced and I will be travelling to Jasna, Slovakia with 7 other brits; a strong team that I am incredibly excited to be part of. The racing starts there for me on the 27th of February, and I will compete in the Slalom, GS, Super-G and Super Combined. As it is my last year there I have some big goals in mind and I will be sure to update you if and when they are achieved.

Thank you again for all your continued support and help, it really means everything to me. My world rankings are continuing to make their way down, my skiing is getting better every session, and I still love everything that the life of a full time ski racer has to offer, so I am confident that I will continue to bring in better results and therefore keep my career moving towards my long term goals.

World Junior Alpine Championship Selections

14 Feb

Congratulations to our LSC athletes who have been selected to compete at the World Junior Alpine Championships, Jasna, 26th Feb - 6th March 2014.

Charlie Guest
Darcie Mead
Rachelle Rogers
Alex Tilley

We await confirmation as to whether they will all be able to accpet their invitations, but wish all those competing Good Luck

Ginny Evans

7 Feb

It is with great sadness that the Ladies Ski Club announce the death, on 2nd February, of past president Ginny Evans.

Jill Coke Writes:

I first met Ginny at a ski kit mart at the Ski Club of GB in Eaton Square – probably in 1992.   Someone I didn’t recognise was coming up the stairs so I went to welcome her; it was Ginny.   On my asking her how she had managed not to get involved in ski-ing coming from such an illustrious ski-ing family, she answered that her twin sister, Di Lewthwaite, was the brilliant skier having been in the British team and she didn’t want to be part of that world.

Also, having married into the army, it was not so easy.   However, when I asked whether she would now change her mind, she agreed - a wonderful decision for the Ladies’ Ski Club.

Ginny joined the committee in 1994 and was President from 1999-2002.   She always had time for everyone, listened and was prepared to make difficult decisions but always fairly.   She was gracious and charming.

The Lady Blane Award is awarded by the Ladies’ Ski Club to someone who has
contributed to ski-ing.    However the Committee merely makes suggestions;  it is in the giving of Ginny’s family, the Tomkinsons, whose grandmother, Lady Blane, instigated it, and they make the final decision.

When I first knew her, Ginny lived in Suffolk.   She was a passionate gardener and, as the seasons progressed,  her favourite flowers were hellebores, narcissus, specimen rhododendrons and old-fashioned roses.    She was a great keep-fit person and ran nearly every day.   This enabled her to go on her annual touring parties led by Fred Harper whom she greatly admired, along with Chris Brasher, Chris Chataway and other energetic friends.   She once told me she preferred going uphill than ski-ing down, which must make her one of the most unusual of skiers!

As you would expect, Ginny gave a lot of her time to others.   She started a pilot scheme of Home Start in Germany in 1984 and, by 1987, was manager of the whole operation.   On returning to England in 1989, she turned her hand to fund-raising for this charity holding a Ball at the Dorchester and  carol concerts at the Guards Chapel which she ran for five years.   Ginny became a Trustee and then a Founder Trustee of Home Start International, along with Baroness Brigstock.

In 2010, Ginny hosted our annual walk.   She worked hard to make it a success though I must give credit to Andy whom we all suspect wrote the description of the route as it contained details that would be more consistent with an army officer than a member of the LSC!!

Ginny and Andy moved from Suffolk to the Lake District to be near Lucinda and her family, though she often went down to London so see Alexandra and her other grandchild.     To begin with, they rented a house but, shortly after the walk, they found the house of their dreams and completely renovated it.   Ginny told me it had all worked well and was very cosy and comfortable.

Andy has lost a wonderful wife, Lucinda and Alexandra a special mother and Ginny’s adored grandchildren, their much-loved Granny;  not forgetting Di, her twin sister, to whom she was very close.   We send them our very special love and much sympathy.   We too, will miss Ginny enormously.

Di Lees-Jones

3 Feb

It is with great sadness that the Ladies Ski Club announce the death, on 18th January, of past president Di Lees-Jones.

Click here for Telegraph obituary

23rd January - Olympic and Palalympic Teams Announced

23 Jan

Congratulations to out LSC members who have been selected for the Olympics and Paralympics: Chemmy Alcott - Alpine, Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans, Jade Etherington - IPC visually impaired and Anna Turney - IPC sit ski. We will keep members updated on their progress throughout the games.

We would also like to congratulate all the other athletes, both male and female who have been selected, including the other female skiers; Rowan Cheshire, Emma Lonsdale and Katie Summerhayes - Freestyle and Millie Knight & her guide Rachael Ferrier and Jade's guide Caroline Powell - IPC visually impaired.

Chemmy

Chemmy Alcott

IPC TeamGB

IPC TeamGB athletes including Back row Caroline, Jade, Kelly, Charlotte and front row Anna, Rachael and Millie

Ladies Ski Club wishes all of TeamGB the best of luck in Sochi!

Rachelle Rogers - Podiums and Europa Cup debut

29 Jan

Rachelle has been competing hard in Europe throughout December and January, scoring her first FIS podium finishes in Isola 2000 at the beginning of December and a PB of 35 FIS points in Slalom at La Plangne on 20th December.

January saw Rachelle scoring a number of Slalom FIS points in the low 40's and on 29th January she made her Europa Cup debut. Sadly she straddles, but it was a good experience upon which she plans to build.

Click here for her full report

Anna Turney talks about her Road to Sochi

28 Jan

I made GB the Paralympic Team! Thank you so much, it wouldn't have been possible without your support. I'm currently at the Team Launch in Glasgow, getting kitted outbefore heading to Tignes, France to race in World Cups on Saturday."

Anna Turney
Bronze Medal
I was delighted to win a bronze medal in Giant Slalom last week (probably my biggest achievement to date), competing against the best in the world. I won my first gold medal of the season and a silver in the NORAMS to total 14 top three finishes so far this season.

Fit to Race
After working hard on strength and fitness with the University of Birmingham and training at Stoneleigh Fit Performance Gym as well as swimming, daily core training and getting out on my handbike a lot, I am fit and ready to compete! It is great to be in the mountains doing what I love.

Anna Turney
Skiing Fast
The hard work over the past four years has payed off and the final intense weeks of training shall follow. We will race in World Cups in Tignes, France and Europa Cup finals in Abtenau, Austria before the holding camp in Austria and the journey to Sochi, Russia.

Caroline Brown reports on the British Telemark Championships

21 Jan

My introduction to the art of Telemark skiing was at the Chill Factore, Manchester, at their inaugural Telemark Festival day in June 2011. Until this year I had had a handful of sessions indoors with the local club plus a week of instruction in the Alps with BASI instructor Andy Stewart.

For the past seven years the British Telemark Championships have been run in Rauris, Austria, by the Army Telemark Ski Association and this year Andy persuaded me to go along. For someone with my enthusiasm for a challenge the package was inviting – 12 nights half board, 11-day lift pass, 5 days top quality instruction including gate training and the chance to compete in the three events that comprise the British Championships, all for just £805. Wow..!!

The week before Rauris I went for a warm-up week with Andy in Austria, bringing my Telemark experience up to roughly 2 ½ weeks-worth before I hit the slopes with the military for a further 5 days of instruction. The hot-shots of the British team, including Jasmin (Jaz) Taylor who gave us a talk at the LSC 90th anniversary dinner last November, arrived later in the programme.

Event One was the GS – a series of 29 GS gates with a compulsory jump part-way down the course. There are two runs and the combined time plus penalties give the overall score. Penalties are the same for every event and are awarded for not passing a gate in the Telemark stance, not transitioning from one turn to the next in one uninterrupted movement, not landing the jump in a Telemark stance and not clearing the jump line. Each of the above incurs one second penalty except for the last, which incurs three seconds.

After the first run Jaz was leading but after some dubious judging in the second she dropped to second place with Team GB’s James French winning the race and Anna Morrisey finishing 6th. I was very happy with my 41st place out of 66 starters!

Event Two was the Sprint Classic – a shorter series of GS gates, the same compulsory jump, a 360° banked turn (‘rap’ or loom) and short skating section to the finish line. Again there are two runs with the combined times plus penalties determining the result. The first run was completed without mishap but one of the Army Sappers broke his leg just below the jump on the second run so there was a pause in proceedings while he got helicoptered off the hill. Unsurprisingly the next few competitors after the restart were a little cautious! Jaz was the leading lady again and finished 4th overall.

The third and final event, the Classic, is a long version of the sprint – 49 gates, same jump, same ‘rap’ and a longer skating section, the final 100m all uphill, so only a single run. The winning time was 1m 51.10s and Jaz finished 3rd with a time less than 3s slower, which put her 3rd overall for the Championship and British Ladies Champion for 2014. Girl power! Follow her season through her blog at http://jaztelemark.com/blog

I was delighted with my 33rd place overall out of 66 starters in the main competition, 4th out of 9 females, and am already planning my strategy for next season. I can seriously say that my time in Rauris is the most fun I have ever had on snow!!

If you’ve never tried Telemark do give it a go – there is a series of 4 indoor races planned in the UK over the summer in conjunction with taster days in Manchester, Tamworth, Braehead and Hemel, details to be given on the GB Telemark website http://gbtelemark.co.uk shortly. Why not check out a venue near you and come and try it? A Navy warning – Telemark skiing can seriously improve your Alpine technique!

Caroline Brown
Caroline Brown

Jaz
Jazmine Taylor

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