More than 70 school children took to the slopes to compete in the South Wales School Ski Race.
The competition, which took place on Wednesday night (13 July) at the Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre, was organised by Snowsport Cymru Wales, with three trophies sponsored by Specsavers.
Some 14 primary and secondary schools from across Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf took part in the event, with competitors ranging from five to 18 years of age. As part of the competition, the racers completed two slalom courses and their best time from the two rounds was recorded.
Trophies were awarded to pupils from Rhiwbina Primary School who won the junior competition, while Radyr Comprehensive School won both the boy and girl category of the secondary school competition.
Steve Jones, a store director at Specsavers, attended the event and presented the winners with their trophies.
The fastest boy was Iwan Jones, of Radyr Comprehensive School, and fastest female was Georgia Hyett, of Llanishen High School. Both competitors are members of the Welsh ski team.
Robin Kellen, chief executive of Snowsport Cymru Wales, said: ‘We aim to create a development pathway for children to get involved in skiing on local dry ski slopes and, in turn, inspire them to compete in competitions like the South Wales School Ski Race. It’s fantastic that we’re able to reward the winning teams that took part with the Specsavers shields and trophies, and we’d encourage anyone who is interested in skiing to get in touch so we can let them know the details of their local club.’
Steve Jones, a director at Specsavers, said: ‘At Specsavers we strive to support our local communities wherever we can, so we’re thrilled to sponsor Snowsport Cymru Wales’ School Ski Races.
‘It was brilliant to hear of the some of the children’s aspirations of one day competing in the Olympics, and many are already experienced racers in national and even international competitions on the snow in the Alps. It’s great to see them develop their skiing skills from such a young age here in Wales.’