College pupil wins English Alpine Racing

College pupil wins English Alpine Racing

Third Form pupil, Jack Cunningham (3rd, H) clinched the U14 Boys English Alpine title after he won the Giant Slalom and Super Giant Slalom at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy, where over 400 athletes competed.

Jack said, “Super Giant Slalom is my favourite discipline and this was the race that I had been looking forward to doing well in. It was a great run, although a little bit bumpy and a bit scary at times. I have been skiing since I was young but last season was my first season of racing, so things are going well.”

Hazelwell Housemaster, Mr James Coull, said, “We are all so proud of Jack’s recent achievements.  He has worked really hard to balance his studies and his training and has done so with little fuss. At College we actively encourage all pupils to explore their talents and interests beyond the classroom and Jack is certainly taking full advantage of this.”

Jack is a member of the U14 England Alpine Development Squad run by Snow Sport England, to support talented athletes progress in alpine racing. The criteria includes finishing within the top eight in specified national competitions across three disciplines: Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom, and all within the skier’s birth year.

Jack was also selected for the 'Team Evolution’ Alpine Race Squad in 2013 after an intensive selection camp in Austria. One of just eight male and female U14 athletes he trains both in the UK and Europe (Switzerland, Italy, Germany) throughout the year. Jack is also fortunate enough to share his accommodation and training lanes with British Olympic Slalom athlete, Dave Ryding, who is currently ranked in the World Top 30.

Jack now has his sights set on both the British Alpine Championships in Tignes and the International Series in Val D’isere, plus moving into the U16 Squad next season, where although the competition will be more intense, he will get the opportunity to train in both Chile and Australia as part of his summer speed training block.

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