COVID-19 has brought adjusted race formats, with bubbles and strict schedule for start / finish times. A new and tricky format to get used to in these uncertain times, but thank to Paul Telling and the crew at Team Evolution for all their efforts for getting some racing onto the calendar!
Bromley put in a strong showing. Flo just missed out on a podium in the U8 girls, but Marcus topped the U8 boys. Emilia came 3rd in the U10 girls, while Bode came 2nd in the U14 boys. Adam Grecula and Ben Brown had a tussle for the U16 boys with Adam coming out on top this time, Adam 1st and Ben 3rd in a very tight race. Evie Ayton, took the U18 girls 1st place. Well done all…
How long have you been skiing with Bromley? 11 years
What got you in to skiing? My dad took me to learn how to ski at Bromley dry slope when I was 5 in preparation for a ski holiday that winter.
What got you into ski racing? After learning the basics at Bromley, I enjoyed it so much that I started to go to their Sunday ski school every week, and this progressed onto the Saturday race training.
What do you like about skiing with the club? It’s a very friendly club, focusing on the importance of enjoyment within sport and not just the pure competition.
Have you done any other club roles? I am currently Race Captain at the University of Sheffield.
What is a typical race day like for you? At university, we compete in the KINGS dry slope races as well as BUCS races, the latter being much more official and akin to the regular dry slope races. KINGS races however are much more informal, generally require fancy dress and don’t normally take place until the late afternoon, I take full advantage of the lay-in!! The uni races are great because the larger races bring together all the Uni’s from across the country, meaning you get to have a catch up with all the people you know through racing with in the past.
Where are you now and are you still skiing? I’m going into my third year at The University of Sheffield studying Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics. I’m still skiing with “Sheffski” who attend all the main UK Uni skiing events as well as running two ski trips a year to the Alps.
What would you say to young skiers just starting out and wanting to join the club? Don’t be afraid to get involved! I remember always being intimidated by the bigger kids when I first started skiing but they’re actually super nice and they’re always happy to give you a few tips and tricks!
I’d also say, once you get your own pair of race skis make sure your dad knows how to service them properly… Having a sharp edge makes all the difference!!
What would you do a little differently? Don’t let other people’s opinions worry you, concentrate on what you’re doing and have fun with it! I always used to get super stressed at races but once I got over this, I skied a lot better and enjoyed myself a lot more!
What got you into skiing? My parents started me skiing at 18 months with my little plastics skis and shared Ayton all-in-one
What got you into ski racing? We saw the British Champs happening in Meribel and me and my sisters wanted to give it a go so we found a local dry slope (Bromley) and gave it a go!
What do you like about skiing with the club? The atmosphere within the club at training and races days is really friendly. You can speak to any members and parents easily and we all get on very nicely
Have you done any other club roles? I was my school Ski Team Captain for 4 years and am now the Race Captain at University of Bath
What’s a typical race day like for you? University race days are a lot of fun! We head over to the slope on a big party bus and the racing is evening based so normally starts mid afternoon with a pretty late finish and big après party! It’s pretty much all team duals with mixed teams, girls teams and snowboard teams, the main prizes are alcohol and sweets 👍🏼 🏼
Where are you now and are you still skiing? I’m in my second year at the University of Bath where I’m the Race Captain – we have over 30 racers of all ability and luckily everyone is always keen to give racing a go!
What would you say to young skiers just starting out and wanting to join the club? Jump in a give it a go! Don’t be shy as everyone is always friendly, racing and dry slope is always difficult and challenging at first but it gets more and more easy very quickly!
In regards to the races, I’d start as soon as possible entering yourself in the smaller regional ones, it’s pretty daunting at first but after you have lots of races under your belt you will improve quicker and quicker – these are also a great way of meeting skiers from other clubs and parts of the country
What would you do a little differently? Not compare yourself against other skiers – it’s easy to think everyone is watching you ski down which can feel embarrassing But it’s often not the case! Everyone has to start from somewhere but the more you keep at it and try to improve, the more confident you will feel and the more you will enjoy!
Another excellent day out for Bromley @ Snowtrax with strong results across the board for our racers. Florence, age 5, took part in her 3rd race and the club came 1st in the club Teams race (Evie, Lila, Rebecca and Ben)!
Two Bromley Race Club members podiumed at the Anglo-Scottish Championship in Pila, Italy on 6th January 2019. Adam Grecula took an excellent third place in the U14 Slalom. Further success for the club’s skiers came when Diaco Abrishami took victory by an impressive margin in the U18 Slalom. Diaco then followed this up the next day in the U18 Giant Slalom by again taking the top spot. These wins also placed him as the top skier overall in both events.