On the 25th September, 7 students attended the British Independent Schools Ski Racing at Hemel Hempstead. After a long drive, we arrived, registered and got kitted up for the slopes.
The first to compete was Henry Lorenz, followed closely by Sophy Pearce, Sophie Hartley-Wiley, Alice Alder, Daniel Jemeljanenko, Zayd Kahn and Kyle Dissanayake.
Everyone had two runs to try and improve their score and there were lots of great individual performances.
Overall, it was a great day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere within the snow centre.
A Team - 6th Place
|Sophy Pearce||U10 Girls||17.31s||5th|
|Sophie Hartley-Wiley||U10 Girls||18.82s||10th|
|Henry Otto Lorenz||U12 Boys||15.72s||12th|
B Team - 15th Place
|Alice Alder||U10 Girls||19.65s||12th|
|Kyle Dissanayake||U10 Boys||21.30s||21st|
|Daniel Jemeljanenko||U12 Boys||17.98s||31st|
|Zayd Khan||U12 Boys||21.79s||35th|
On Saturday 3rd June the ski race squad, Mr Ellemore, Mrs Berkin and I travelled up to Manchester for the National Schools Indoor Open Championships.
We arrived in Manchester at 3pm all very excited and ready for our training session on the slope from 4pm-6pm. Getting ourselves prepared and carrying out lots of practice runs of the race course. After a very tiring 2 hours and long drive we enjoyed a very yummy supper and then headed off to bed.
The children got themselves suited and booted and onto the slope for some pre-race training. At 10am the first run began.
All the children had 3 runs of the race course, with their fastest time putting them onto the results table.
Once we had completed our 3 runs both teams, A and B then competed in a dual slalom race. Sadly, we got knocked out in the first round. But they all did really well and I’m so proud of all of them.
I would just like to say a very big thank you to all the parents that made it up to Manchester and for all your support. The children were great, well done to everyone that took part.
On the first day of term our race squad travelled eagerly to Hemel Hempstead for the ISA Ski Championships. We arrived in time to organise our equipment and have a few practise runs down the slope. Everyone had two chances of achieving a good time on the course and the squad were confident.
There was an anxious wait at the top for everyone as they watched the other competitors complete their run. After the first set of times had come in everyone was happy with how they had done, all eight of our skiers posting a time they were happy with, Henry Otto Lorenz leading the way with 14.90 seconds.
Knowing they had good times on the board everyone knew they could be aggressive and try and better this in their last run. The course was starting to get icier, meaning it was a tad quicker but also more difficult to keep control on.
More good times were posted on the second runs and after everyone had finished we had a short wait for the results to come in. We were delighted when we were presented with 1st place for our ‘A’ team in the ‘Mixed Team’ category. Harry Dunning, Henry Otto Lorenz, Sophy Pearce and Sophie Hartley-Wiley’s times all contributed towards this fantastic achievement and they should be delighted with their efforts.
Our ‘B’ team of Daniel Jemeljanenko, Alice Alder, Jacob Foster and Zayd Khan all raced brilliantly with Daniel in particular posting a very competitive time. All round it was a great day and all eight skiers can be proud. Everyone is excited for the next event at the National School Ski Race in Manchester on 4th June.
A Team - 1st Place
|Henry Otto Lorenz||U12||14.90s||8th|
B Team - 6th Place
Friday - 4:30pm: We have had a fantastic time sledging this afternoon. Some good clean racing, some not so much, but thankfully no injuries! Tomorrow will be much more of the same format with two sessions, one running in the morning and one running after lunch. Apres ski for tomorrow, the children willhave fun splashing about in the swimming pool or if they don't fancy getting wetting, will have some games/activities on offer instead.
Friday - 3:00pm: Everyone has finished a second session for the day on the slopes. It has been a wonderfully bright and sunny day today. At 3:30 we will be heading out to the Fantaski area where we will be do a spot of sledging!
Friday - 12:00pm: All the children have had their first Ski Sessions this morning, and are now heading onto to lunch. Photos will be uploaded later this afternoon
Thursday - 7:15pm: We have arrived at our hotel, and are heading to dinner. Tomorrow the groups will be begginning their first ski sessions from 9:00am.
Thursday - 3:00pm: They have arrived in Italy and are now on their way to the accommodation.
Thursday - 8:00am: The children, staff and parents are on their way to Italy! We look forward to hearing from you soon.
On Monday 26th September The Grove School Ski race team headed to Hemel Hempstead for the British Independent Schools Ski Racing Championships 2016. The team of Sophie Hartley-Wiley, Henry Otto Lorenz, Sophy Pearce, Caitlin Hendry and Alice Alder were very excited to get warmed up and were on the slope by 9am and at 9.30am carrying out a course inspection ready to race at 10am. They all got 2 runs of the course and their fasted time was recorded for the results table.
Henry went first recording an impressive run of 16.73 seconds, as our most experienced racer he got the team off to a great start. Caitlin went next followed by Sophy who both secured good times. Sophie and Alice skied last for The Grove and unfortunately both missed a gate in their first run but came off smiling and ready for their second run.
There was a short break before the second run and we discussed how we would attack the course for the second run to try and improve on our times. Henry, Sophy and Caitlin all put in great second runs but didn’t quite manage to improve on their first run times. Alice put in a huge effort on her second run and just missed one of the gates so sadly didn’t qualify a time. Sophie Hartley-Wiley had a brilliant second run managing to make all the gates and securing a impressive time in the U8 competition, so we just had to wait for the results.
After a long wait the results were in and Sophie Hartley-Wiley had come 3rd winning a Bronze medal. The other children all achieved great places in large competitions with over 30 children in most age categories. As a team we finished in 9th place out of 18 mixed teams a great achievement considering we had some of the youngest skiers on the day.
For most of our team this was their first ever competitive ski race and some children only recently joined the race squad, well done to everyone for taking part. This was a great experience for all of us, and we look forward to taking part in the next ski race.
Sophie Hartley-Wiley - 3rd - 20.16s
Henry Otto Lorenz - 10th - 16.73s
Sophy Pearce - 11th - 19.54s
Caitlin Hendry - 23rd - 19.91s
Mixed Team - 9th
On a day that could have brought snow, the Ski squad head to Hemel for the Indoor ISA Ski competition. With lots of schools attending and 183 competitors, it was going to be a tough event. We competed against schools who were a part of the ISA and schools that weren’t, so we wouldn’t know until the end of the day where we would be placed.
Hasan Manji and Henry Lorenz skied as individuals rather than part of a team and did so with good confidence considering it was their first competition. Henry had two very consistent runs, and overall came 15th in his age category, and Hasan came 27th in the U14 group.
Our team skier of Charlotte Ingram, Kyle Gomes, Vivek Rav and Georgia Millburn were next up and produced some good times, placing 3rd, 31st, 26th and 14th respectively. Not knowing what was what, it was a real surprise to find out that Charlotte had come 3rd overall in the U14 ISA category and as a team it was even more of a surprise to find out that we came 3rd overall. The smiles on the faces of the team was clear to see and I was delighted with their success. Well done to all the skiers and I am sure with more practise the squad can improve upon these places and start winning more medals in the future.
Charlotte Ingram, Vivek Rav and Georgia Millburn, headed off to Hemel Hempstead to compete in the ISA National Ski Competition. They were to ski 2 slalom runs within their ages groups, all of which the groups were a year out of age group. With their first run they eased themselves in slowly but still manage to produce some good times. Charlotte was the quickest with 18.61 seconds. The children had to wait patiently for their second run and we had chance to chat about the course and they would aim to attack the course more than before. At this point it was hard to work out what position the children were in, as there were another 156 children competing.
The second runs got going and Charlotte was 2nd up. She skied well but sadly couldn’t improve upon her time. Georgia was next and attacked the gates for the start and ended up taking 1 second off her initial time and when Vivek did the same in his run, we ended in a very pleasing manner.
The wait for the results ensued and the children once again behaved impeccably. An hour later they were in. Charlotte came in a fantastic 3rd spot for her U14 age group, gaining a bronze medal. Vivek came 25th out of 39 and Georgia came 21st out of 38. They can all be very pleased with their efforts and I am sure that with more race practise things for the school will only get better.