We also wanted to say a massive thank you to all the racers who competed, it’s amazing to see so many talented and enthusiastic young people on the slopes, a sentiment that was echoed by our new Snowsport Wales Ambassador, extreme sports enthusiast and Sport Wales board member Richard Parks. During his time in Champery Richard was overwhelmed by the determination and skill that each young racer showcased throughout the races and, after taking to the course a few times himself, their bravery too!
Our Welsh Champions this year in the FIS CIT races were Olivia Ward and Zac Pierce (both pictured below). In the BASS races our GS champions were Adam Fluck and Florence Kroll, and in the Slalom Elin Jones and Max Malone. Of course no racers would be able to attend these champs without the help of their parents and their clubs, both of which we also extend heartfelt thanks.
After a busy prize-giving, organisers were invited to a reception hosted by the British Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General to Switzerland, Richard Ridout. It was amazing to get recognition for the importance of the Welsh Alpine Championships and the relationship between Snowsport Cymru Wales and Champery. Richard Parks gave an impassioned speech and the whole evening was rounded off by an emotional group rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau led by musical trio, Ensemble Cymru.
Here at SSW we are over the moon with how the championships panned out and can’t wait to return for the Welsh Alpine Championships 2018 and our 12th year in Champery. For now though we still have a very busy winter ahead and lots of other exciting events to focus on, watch this space…