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Welsh Alpine Championships 2017 Summary

February 2, 2017

We were blessed with great weather conditions for this years Welsh Alpine Championships. After some initial concern about the snow across the entirety of the alps, we were able to go ahead with the full programme of races and enjoyed bluebird conditions and great courses with sturdy snow across the entirety of the races.

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We had the highest turnout yet during this, our 11th successive year in Champery, Switzerland and we were overwhelmed by all the feedback we were given about the organisation and the atmosphere of the champs as a whole, leading this year’s champs to be coined the #HappyChamps. We couldn’t have done it without all of the amazing volunteers, who helped during every single aspect of the event and without the fantastic resort of Champery and their race pistes in Les Crosets. Every year Champery give us their all during the races and over the past 11 years we’ve developed a very successful relationship with the report which no doubt will see us returning for many years to come. In fact the dates for next year’s champs have been confirmed as 20th-28th of January, put them in your diary!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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…

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