17 February 2017


Last week two teams of ski racers left Stowe to compete in the British Schoolgirls’ and Schoolboys’ Skiing Championships. The girls’ team of Bella Hobby, Jaimie McIntosh, Jessamy Money-Kyrle and Chloe Livesey travelled to Flaine in France. Following a day of intense gate and pole training, they completed in their first competition, the parallel slalom. This is where two teams of three race off side by side against each other, down an identical slalom course. Stowe beat Mayfield in the first race, but unfortunately got knocked out by Sherborne due to a missed gate in the second round.

In the giant slalom competition, Bella came 21st in the Under 18 race and Chloe 28th in the Under 16 race. In the slalom, Bella sadly missed a gate on her first run, Chloe ended up 22nd and Jessamy 28th in their respective age groups. Overall in the combined results, the Stowe team finished 30th a group of over 50 schools that competed and Chloe was the most successful Stowe skier, finishing 57th out of a total of 150 racers.

The boys’ team consisted of Captain Cami Hay, Georges Tasker, Louis Hay, Tom Scott, Hugo Warner, Ola Reed, Xan Kenlock and Matteo Pangherz. They were competing in Wengen, Switzerland and were lucky enough to race and train on the world famous Lauberhorn Downhill World Cup course.

The parallel slalom competition took place under floodlights in the town and the junior team progressed to the quarter finals, getting knocked out to the eventual winners, Reeds. The senior team went one better, by getting to the semi-finals, where they too were knocked out by Reeds who won this competition too. In the slalom competition, Georges won a silver medal in the under 21s and Matteo a gold in the Under 14s unregistered category. Hugo, Cami and Louis both did very well in the registered category.

In the giant slalom races, further success came for Georges and Matteo with another silver and gold medal respectively. Hugo had an excellent second run and Thomas maintained his 100% finish rate.

At the presentation evening, the Stowe racers were busy collecting various accolades. Matteo won the combined under 14 unregistered competition, making him the best racer for his age group in the whole competition. Georges was awarded the same medal for the under 21 age group. To add to these incredible achievements, Cami Hay was given the BASI award for his contribution and commitment to ski racing and Matteo won the EDGE award, something set up Team GB skier, Chemmy Allcott. This was by far and away the most successful championships by a Stowe team and the boys and girls have put Stowe School well and truly on the Ski Racing map.

We will continue to work with our coach Will Manns at the MK SnoZone indoor slope and hope to run a training camp in December 2017. Please get in touch if you think your son or daughter would be interested.

Thanks to Mme Browne for taking the girls for the first time.

Phil Arnold, Head of Sports Science and PE Department