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Auction Night in aid of our Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
Last night the Ladies' Ski Club held a charity Auction Night to raise funds for our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Ellis Brigham kindly hosted the event at their Covent Garden store and Pure Powder sponsored the event by providing delicious Canapes.
A very enjoyable evening was had by all and a number of athletes, not already out training, joined us for the evening to chat to the guests about their training and plans for the season as well as assisting witht he raffle draw. John Townsend, our auctioneer, made the auction both highly successful.and very enjoyable.
Committe members and Athletes (l to r Emma Peters, Liz Sevenson, Emily Sarsfield, Jess Anderson, Darcie Mead & Abi Bruce)
Emma Peters - Summer Update
A combination of a last minute visa application, a last minute job offer as a ski instructor & a last minute plane ticket meant that I was off to Australia and financially able to compete in the Australian national championship races! My aim, to qualify for World Cup!
My first ski cross race was in the Thredbo race series. The course was built quite small however this was due to the wide variety of abilities at the event, even so the start began with a decent sized wootang (a mini ¼ pipe) and then into a series of birms (banked turns). It was a fun course but my 23m radius skis were definitely not suited to the nimble turns on that course. Non the less in the final heat I had a good start and got out in front from the beginning and as the turns were so tight I was able to easily hold the lead to the finish line. My first podium in Australia with an added bonus of a cash prize!
It was then time for the first FIS races, over at Mt Buller. Every racer had a full day on course training before race day allowing each of us to get used to the course and make adjustments at certain features if needed. There was a technical start section comprising of three wootang’s varying in size followed by a roller and straight into three tight birm’s and then into two consecutive jumps followed by 5 rollers to the finish. This was a good sprint course taking around 35 seconds a run. I am happy to say that I finished 3rd and 5th overall in the two FIS ANC races in Mt Buller scoring 120 and 90 points respectively. I was ecstatic as this meant I had successfully qualified for World cup in my first set of races!
Despite being knocked unconscious when I was taken out whilst riding the T-bar only one week before the Mt Hotham races I was able to get fit enough to compete. Qualifying for both races took part on the same day followed by heats and finals of race 1. It was a long day. I had qualified in 5th place for both races meaning I would be given the blue bib and have the third choice of starting gates. In heat one I sadly did not advance to the big final as a mistake in the start put me back and I was unable to make up the time, however I went through to the small final to compete for 5th -8th place where I won and ended up in 5th overall for race 1. Race 2 was a new day with fresh legs and a fresher head! My first heat went better as I finished second resulting in me advancing into the final and being guaranteed a 1st -4th finish. A seasoned world cup field meant the other girls in the big final were also very good skiers and skied exceptionally well to take the top three positions, as I was inches away. I came away from Mt Hotham with a 4th and 5th position that equals 110 and 99 FIS points. I was glad I had taken the risk to race, as it was an amazing course and an amazing field of athletes to compete against.
All in all on the racing front, I have come away with my two best point scores of 120 & 110 FIS points meaning my average will become 115 securing my A licence (World cup licence) for next northern hemisphere season! Looking back it was one of my best and most fun seasons I have had, having had a taste of the ski instructor life while being in training to better my skiing career!
Darcie Mead - Summer Update
This summer I spent 4 weeks training and racing in New Zealand & Australia where I was trying to become more consistent with my skiing and trying to replicate the same skiing at the end of this past season. I was lucky enough for two runs to just about come together and was able to score a PB in slalom of 27 points. I'm hoping to compete in some European cups in the next couple of months and try to continue lowering my points!
Jazmin Taylor - Summer Update
I spent the summer at home in Ipswich, preparing physically for the coming winter season. My Dad built a start gate along with boyfriend which we, GB Telemark, hope to train on with this winter. I'm currently in Hintertux training on the glacier in order to prepare for the opening World Cup on 1st December. It's been a busy few months and its awesome to be back on snow. Thanks to the Ladies Ski Club for their support as always.
Emma Peters - End of Season
Emma had an excellent end to her season, retaining the woman's overall British ski cross title at the BRITs in Laax, Switzerland, then on to Valmalenco in Italy with a credible 16th place at the World Jnr Ski Cross Championships and finally on to Cervinia today for the Italian national championships rounding the season off with a Silver.
Alex Tilley - End of Season Roundup
Something I have learned over the past few years is that the season will always be full of ups and downs and that it’s up to you to decide how you cope with them, sometimes you can prevent the “downs” but also once they’re done, you just have to accept them and move on so you can be ready for the next race. I struggled with this a lot this year, I often felt like I was being tested and struggled to keep faith and patience in those periods. Thankfully, I also had some results that helped me reassure myself that I am in fact on the right track and that I should just keep my head down and keep working away as training almost always seemed to be going well.
My start to the season in Soelden seemed to paint the picture for how the majority of my World Cup GS season would pan out, almost always close, but only once made it into the top 30. I think I finished between 31st and 35th about 4 or 5 times this season, usually not more than 2 tenths of a second away from qualifying, sometimes less than a tenth. It probably could have accepted it a little easier if I had skied my best and felt that that’s where I should have been finishing, but the truth is, in most of those races I lost more than the time needed to qualify in silly mistakes, sometimes on one gate, and sometimes in poor sections. I did make a top 30 once this year in GS, in Killington in December. I was so excited to race there as I had been before many years before with the Scottish team, and I knew some friends would be there to watch, which really meant a lot to me and made me even more determined to ski at my best. I also had the privilege to race on next years Olympic hill in PyeongChang, South Korea. It was a really great experience, and I was delighted to come away with a 1st and a 2nd place from the two GS races.
As for my slalom season, it has been an interesting one! I have no doubts that I am skiing far beyond where I was last season in slalom, but there have been a lot of DNFs in the races. By the time I was at the World Championships in February, I had only finished 2 all season, yet both had been career best results for me, 22nd in Sestriere World cup, 6th in Andalo Europa Cup. I was finishing probably 95% (if not more) of my runs in training but kept having these freak mistakes in races that I found incredibly difficult to contain my frustration with. A straddle in Semmering, straddling the second gate in Maribor, and then getting my pole caught between my legs in Flachau, it’s difficult not to let that play on your mind! I’m now in a position where my FIS points will rise, along with my World ranking yet at the same time, I feel like I’m closer to the top than I ever have been before… The important thing for me to remember is that every World Cup (including World Champs) slalom that I have finished, I have finished them inside the top 30, this far exceeds where I was last season, and definitely fills me with confidence going into next season.
Jazmin Taylor - Best Season Yet
This season I achieved 6 World Cup podiums, a World Championship bronze medal, became British Champion for the 5th time and moved up to 4th in the world rankings.
The GB Telemark Ski Team have also made huge improvements with Jasper Taylor achieving a World Junior Championship silver medal. Louis Hatchwell finished 24th in the World Cup rankings and both Naila Cardwell and Tara Parks finished within the top 10 in a World Cup race.
The racing aside, GB Telemark are becoming more and more professional with the help of the new team sponsors. Aquatronic Group Management (AGM) have donated a team van, Dare 2b are now the official clothing provider and VOLA supply our ski servicing products.
Amateur Inter Club Champs 2017
This year 11 members of the Ladies Ski Club competed in three teams at the Amateur Inter Club Championships, with a further 3 LSC members representing other teams. We were joined by our President Maude, who, whilst not able to ski this year following surgery, was a great support at the bottom of the piste. Charlie Guest, LSC member, was fore running and the Ladies very much enjoyed meeting her.
l to r standing: Caroline Simonds, Joanna Percy Milner, Sarah Hirst-Malin, Fiona Scott-Evans, Kate Thurman, Charlie Guest, Sally Field, Maude Instone, Marguerite Nice-Yates, Jane Fawkes.
Caroline Brown, Gayle Parsons, Pene Cairnes, Catherine Shelley, Sheridan Killwick.
Our hosts, the Alpbach Visitors Ski Club, were exceptionally hospitable and we were made to feel very welcome by both club members and locals alike, even before the official event had started. The highlight for many was the Tyrolian evening complete with lederhosen, dirndls (the Austrian national dress), dancing on the benches and much thigh slapping.
The AVSC also laid on some excellent powder snow for us at the beginning of the week and much fun was had both off and on the piste. We were however there under the pretext of racing, and all 14 members successfully completed both the GS and Super G races, despite some rather challenging conditions on the GS day. It has to be said that the piste prep team did a fantastic job making the GS race happen. It had rained heavily the day before and we arrived to find a man with a shovel (literally) putting snow on the road that runs across the middle of the piste. After a delay of about an hour for the chemicals to take effect we raced one run of GS on what turned out to be a surprisingly firm piste. The last day, Super G day, was bright and sunny and with the course pretty much all in the sunshine and well groomed, we all really enjoyed the race. No road to tackle this time as we were racing at the top of the mountain, but a tricky traverse made for an interesting challenge.
The more senior ladies finished 2nd in their category and the slightly younger ladies 3rd out of a very large field in their category.
Next year we will be racing in Meribel and all very much looking forward to that.
Many of the Ladies took full advantage of the powder earlier in the week!
Emma Peters - Podium Finish
Emma Peters (yellow) scores a podium finish in the Swiss National Championships
The Swiss national championships in Hoch Ybrig resulted in my first big final of the season. After weather had cancelled the first day of racing, the second day was rescheduled into the the National championship race. As usual in ski cross the day began with an inspection of the course, followed by only one training run! Every ski cross course is completely different and although the course only had small features (as a result of the rain), the jumps were made to be kicky. This made it harder to absorb in order to maintain speed and control and even the top Swiss WC guys like Alex Fiva and Bishopberger fell on the training run as a result of the unexpected lip on the jump.
Ranked 6th at the start of the race, my first heat went smoothly, qualifying through in second with no problems. Next was the semi final round. This was a tough heat and it would decide whether i would go through to the big final(place 1-4) or the small final(place 5-8). In the heat I was ranked 3rd best by fis points, therefore having third choice of start gates, resulting in me choosing the far left-hand side gate. This gate gave me an advantage of being able to push my own line around the first left-hand bend, and therefore successfully claiming 2nd place in the semifinals heat. I was through to the BIG FINAL.
Being slightly out numbered 3 to 1 by the swiss, i knew it was going to be hard as they had trained and course tested the track earlier in the week. A mistake in the technical start section put me into fourth place but still hot on the heals of all three swiss riders. After trying to make a move on the inside to overtake on the corner jump, my line fell low and I lost the speed that i had gained. This resulted in me running out of track to make another move before reaching the finish line. I was so stoked to have finished a Big final even though it was in 4th place. My aim, before the race was to get into the big final and so i ski away with my head held high!! Oh, and a goodie bag!!
I am now really looking forward to the Europa cup finals in Mora, Sweden later this week and then onto the German NC, the BRITs in Laax and finally the World Jnr Championships in Valmalenco, Italy!
It has been a difficult year with no ski cross coach, funding or team to train with after loosing my main financial sponsor prior to the start of the season. However a big thank you goes out to Steve and Kate at 'Why Aint You Jibbin' freestyle academy who are based in Austria for taking me in and to Melton College in York for just stepping in to fund my race at the World Jnr Championships.
Yasmin Cooper - Mid Season Report
In February I competed at the English Alpine Championships, taking part in SG, Alpine combined, GS and Slalom. With a top podium for the FIS slalom and Alpine combined, third place in the Super G and GS I was able to take the Overall English Title. It was a great week, even though I fell on my last run of the championships which left me off the pace.
After the championships, I had some time at home to catch up with school before going back to the Aosta for training where I found out I had been selected for the World Junior Championships in Are, Sweden. I arrived yesterday and will be competing in the Slalom and GS. This is really exciting!
Following the World Juniors I will be going back to the Aosta in preparation for the Delancey British Alpine Championships.
Charlie Guest - Mid Season Report
This season has been somewhat unorthodox so far and with a strained MCL that took me out of the majority of December, I was back on my feet after Christmas and competed in all 4 world cup slalom between then and the 10th January. My goal for this period was to make my first ever qualification for the second run in World Cup. I came close in Flachau, just 0.8 off the top 30 with split times on the top 2 sections that really put me in the mix. As ever, I know where my weaknesses lie and am 100% focused on minimising every single one of those.
The most positive point in my season so far has been making the Olympic Qualifying standard for Pyeongchang next season which occured in Maribor, Slovenia followed up by my result in Flachau. Selection does not take place until early 2018, so I need to make sure that I am still skiing fast, training hard and bringing in great results over the next 11 months. Following on from that in early January, I made a steady 22nd place in the Europa Cup slalom series in Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland followed by a 2nd place in Golte, Slovenia.
The mot exciting part of my season was going to be the World Championships in St.Moritz , unfortunately in the first week of February I broke my hand really badly during training in Zell am See. The break of my 5th Metacarpal was very unstable and unfortunately required surgery. As always, the Scottish Institute of Sport picked me up and have been fantastic in getting me back up and running. As I write this, my right hand is still in a cast and I still have another few days before I will be back training in gates and racing. I was, and still am absolutely devastated to have missed St.Moritz and all the European Cup races that were around the same time but the only thing I can focus on now is the recovery and I very much look forward to being back on snow in time for the British Championships at the end of the month. I will also look to be competing in as many FIS races as possible and skiing right up until the last race that I can get my hands on in April. I have been going through my Strength and Conditioning programme like a mad woman for the last 4 weeks, so at least physically everything (besides my hand is in tip top condition). Unfortunately injuries are part of our amazing sport, but I am not letting this take any motivation away and if anything it has made me even more determined to get back out there, fresh at the end of the season and finish on a high before heading into the Olympic season.
Darcie Mead - Back from Injury
Having recovered from surgery in June, Darcie is back on snow and competing again:
"I've been training for the past couple of months trying to get back into the swing of things. Training was going pretty well but I still need to work on a few old habits! I also did my first race in 20months a few weeks ago! To my surprise it went even better than I could have expected! Obviously having not raced for almost 2 years my points got loaded quite a bit and I was keen to get them back down! I'm thankful I scored a 44 result and this now qualifies me for World Junior Championships in Sweden in March! So I'm super excited about that! As it is my last year as a junior I am hoping to go and compete and get a good result!
"I'm heading back out training next week and I'm looking forward to getting some more races in and seeing what I am able to do!"
Jessica Anderson 2016
Jessica Anderson Ski Diary – Autumn 2016 update
I spent September getting physio, MRI scans and x-rays on my foot and managed to get an early appointment with a consultant. The MRI scan showed an 80% tear to my spring ligament which supports the arch. The consultant was surprised it had not caused my arch to fall but with physio and ultrasound managed to reduce the swelling down. We decided to avoid surgery and try and let nature repair the injury.
I should have been out training in Austria but the consultant recommended I get orthoses to support the arch from further damage and wanted me to leave it a little longer to heal the foot. Felt really down and frustrated as the snow conditions have been amazing in Europe but I know getting better was important and it gave me time to do some hours at MK to earn some money for the season.
I was delighted to win Daventry Young Sports Woman of the Year and very proud to have received a lovely trophy.
Had my review with the consultant who is amazed at the recovery and delighted with the orthoses, he has done a white paper on this type of injury which apparently is unusual and took photos and my MRI scan to use at a conference in January. He has let me travel out to Austria to continue with my training although will see how it goes before I start racing. I have another MRI booked in when I get back at Christmas and before I go back out on 30th December.
The week after I travelled out I was nominated for Northamptonshire Young Sports Woman of the Year. There was 400 people there however dad facetimed me so I could hear the announcement and it was great to hear the massive cheer when my name was read out. I was a finalist and the winner was Eleanor Robinson Paralympic Gold medallist which was nice.
Ladies Train in Saas Fee
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
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
Last month 12 Ladies from the LSC competed in 3 teams at the AICC held in Lech, Austria.
Joanna Milner Percy,
Pene Cairns Came.
Marguerite Nice Yates,
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
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!
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Alex Tilley - Solden World Cup
A Parent's Eye View!
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
We have been quite busy since the end of the season with various testing and making changes to a lot of things!
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..
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
British Schoolgirls' Races - Tatler Article
Click here to see Tatler Bystander Article on the Schoolgirls' Races
Liz Stevenson - World Cup Ski Cross Update
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
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
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
(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.
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
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
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.
Jasmine on top ofhte world after winning BRONZE at the World Championships in the Sprint event.
Ellie Koyander - 4 Europa Cup Podiums
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
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
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.
Kelly Gallagher - Belfast Telegraph Award
Kelly Gallagher took a break from her World Championship preparation to attend the Belfast Telegraph Sports Star Awards where she was presented with the Sports Star with a Disability Award.
For full article about Kelly in the Belfast Telegraph see http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/how-kelly-gallaghers-late-dads-courage-inspired-the-blind-skier-to-stay-on-course-30958030.html
Jazmine Taylor - World Cup Update
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
Congratulations to Emma Peters, junior skier cross champion, who received the Junior Award for Sporting Excellence at the recent Northern Echo Local Hero awards.
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
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.
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
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
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!!)
Emily Sarsfield - 12th in Ski Cross 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
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
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
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
Congratulations to our LSC athletes who have been selected to compete at the World Junior Alpine Championships, Jasna, 26th Feb - 6th March 2014.
We await confirmation as to whether they will all be able to accpet their invitations, but wish all those competing Good Luck
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.
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
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.
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
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
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."
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.
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
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!