Stoics' Success on the Slopes

13 February 2018


Over the January Exeat, Stowe sent three teams to compete in the British Schoolboys' and Schoolgirls' International Races in Wengen and Flaine respectively.

In the boys’ races, the U18 team came second in the dual parallel slalom plate competition and the U16 team came runners up in the dual parallel slalom trophy. In the Individual Registered category, Matteo Pangherz (Fourth Form, Chandos) came sixth in the slalom and 15th in the giant slalom and Louis Hay came 15th in the slalom and 17th in the GS. The following boys raced well in the Individual Unregistered category: Tom Scott (Fifth Form, Chandos); Archie Barnes (Fourth Form, Chandos); Ollie Horton (Fourth Form, Grafton); Xan Kenlock (Fourth Form, Chatham); Luke Holland-Bosworth(Third Form, Chatham) and Conrad Spencer (Third Form, Chatham).

In the schoolgirls’ races, the Stowe team of Elisabeth Pran (Lower Sixth, West), Sofia Wright (Third Form, Stanhope), Harriet Page (Fourth Form, Stanhope) and Lucy Walduck (Third Form, Queen’s) had a very successful championship. In the U18 group, Elisabeth won Gold in the non-registered slalom, GS and combined competitions. She came second in the combined overall and third in GS overall. This was by far and away the most successful individual performance by a Stowe skier in the history of the school and bodes well for next year as Elisabeth is still only in the Lower Sixth. In the U14 Group, Sofia Wright came an impressive second in the non-registered slalom and GS competitions, which was the best performance ever by a third form Stoic in these Championships. The whole Stowe team came third overall in the unregistered group.

It just remains for me to thank Miss Crockett and Mrs Browne for their help in accompanying the Stoics on these trips and for all their hard work in assisting with the training in the lead up to the competitions. If any current Stoics are interested in joining the Ski Racing Programme, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Philip Arnold - Head of Skiing