Huge congratulations to Year 10 pupil, Matt Smith, who has qualified for the British Ski Championships taking place in Tignes in April.

Matt has recently returned from competing in the English championships in Italy where he competed in the U16 category for the first time. Many of his competitors spend the winter months based in academies in the Alps giving them the advantage of six weeks solid training ahead of the event.

Matt competed in all the disciplines, the Slalom, Giant Slalom (GS) and Super Giant Slalom (Super G) and successfully completed them all. Scoring is calculated on a combined time, with two attempts allowed in the Slalom and GS providing the skier completes the first run. With the Super G event, competitors only have one run.

Matt came 19th out of 63 overall and 9th in his year group for the slalom which bodes very well for his 2nd year in U16s in 2018. In the GS, Matt came 33rd out of 63 competitors and Super G 38th out of 106. Bearing in mind that he in his first year of the U16 group, he has every right to be proud of himself.