Last weekend saw the Friary Ski Team make the long but worthwhile journey to Norwich to take part in two days of English School Ski Association races.

Having qualified for the English Schools final that took place on Saturday, (via the northern qualifying event at Pendle near Manchester two weeks ago), the boys were up against the Top 11 schools in England and stood out as the only state school. The challenge was even tougher as our team have to compete in the Under 19 age group, due to one of the team being in the Sixth Form, despite the other 3 members come from Years 8 and 10.

Even so, in an amazing performance the team came in fifth, missing out on fourth by just one second.

Following this, the qualifying events took place in England, Scotland and Wales for the GB Schools Final. With just one qualifying event per country, English schools raced at Norwich with over 20 teams and 160 skiers taking part from Years 7-13. With the best three times to count over two runs, the four boys did a great job finishing 11th overall, and have as a result qualified for the GB Schools Final taking place at Stoke on 27 November. Reece Pike (Y10) came and excellent 14th overall out of the 160 skiers.

Russ Pike, team coach, said: “With the Schools Final taking place in Stoke-on-Trent it is a great opportunity for friends and family to watch the boys compete. Next up though, the boys defend there All England Outdoor Championship Trophy on 20th November at Swadlincote.”