The Eltham College Ski teams began the Dry Slope season by competing on Sunday in the Kent School Championships in Chatham. Returning as champions, the pressure was on and the boys competing did not disappoint with a haul of medals and trophies.
The day warmed up with all of the boys stretching their legs in Open Practice, re-acquainting themselves with the familiar bumps and rolls of the team’s home slope and training ground to a backdrop of clear blue skies and sunshine. With the new Ski Team Gazebo up in prime position, the Eltham College competitors were then able to seek the shade and shelter needed to focus for the race ahead and to tune their skies under the watchful supervision of the older, more experienced skiers.
After a cautions course inspection talked through by our expert coach, Emily, and an additional ‘Rabbit Run’ for the less experienced skiers, the races began. The Junior school boys making up the Under 12 team, were up first with Kayden Garnham-Jong making his race debut and laying down two solid runs, achieving a Bronze medal in the Individual Junior Primary category. The rest of the Under 12 team (Seb Foley, Sebastian Anthony, Thomas Kay, Freddie Bidwell and Liam Foley) all skied aggressively with great confidence, narrowly missing out on a podium finish.
From the Senior School, the Under 16 team consisting of Diaco Abrishami, Pietro Vascotto-Vidal, Tom Willis and Lam Donnelly won their age group and were the fastest team on the day with Diaco clocking the quickest time of any competitor. The Under 14 team of Alex Lancaster, Fergus Bidwell, Jonathan Kay and Adam Cornick also skied impressively, taking gold in their category and were the second fastest team overall. Adam also achieved bronze in the Primary Senior Male category while Fergus Bidwell and Jonathan Kay achieved Silver and Bronze, respectively, in the Secondary Junior Male category.
Another hugely successful competition for the team who continue to go from strength to strength. Thank you to all of the parents who came down to support the boys.