Reed's Powder Byrne Ski Academy
Ski Racing 2012-13
Powder Byrne has long been a supporter of Reed's School, and is delighted to support the Reed's Powder Byrne Ski Academy which provides a strong academic programme for talented skiers. The Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with team and individual honours being awarded at National level across a range of disciplines.
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British Schools Championships
Reed’s skiers enjoyed some considerable successes at the British Schoolboys’ and Schoolgirls’ Ski Racing Championships earlier this week.
Thomasine Nilson–Wrede won the gold medal in the Giant Slalom in Flaine France, beating her nearest competitor by over 2.5 seconds. She led the girls’ team with Jenna Reid and Georgia Cragg into 2nd place overall in the GS event. After a controversial prize giving Jenna Reid is the unrecognised winner of the non-registered racer for her age group in GS, whilst Georgia (a first time snow-racer) posted a very creditable 62nd place in the GS out of 159 racers. Both Thomasine and Jenna failed to gain second times for the slalom event, after both being in strong positions after the first run. This put Reed’s girls’ out of the running for a slalom medal or a team medal overall, whilst Georgia posted two solid times in the slalom, placing her 59th overall in the combined event.
Over in Meiringen, Switzerland, the boys U16 team of Milo Bastow, Calum Pitkethly, Callum Patience and Bryan Shiells won the dual slalom event after a gripping final against Millfield on the opening day of their races. In Monday’s Giant Slalom, James Sieber powered his way to the gold medal in the U18 category whilst the other U14 and Open Age team racers all secured good times. The Slalom on Tuesday saw an outstanding performance from Milo Bastow. Milo even left the U19 racers behind him as he blasted down 2 tricky runs to take the gold medal. Ben Fluck put in 2 excellent runs to secure the U18 bronze medal.
The “Reed’s 2” U16 team of Milo, Calum, Callum and Morgan Davies were all in tremendous form and contributed to the 9 team times needed in the team event. Their efforts would see them take the gold medals and win the National U16 title and the Snoasis Cup after some very competitive racing.
In the Open Age competition the “Reed’s 1” team of James, Ben, Rory Shiells and Oliver Ricceri had a more difficult time in the challenging conditions. With James’ and Ben’s individual medal times and times from Rory and Oliver the team would be just squeezed out of the medals into 5th place – beaten only by teams with 2 or more GB skiers and the tremendous “Reed’s 2” team who took the bronze medals.
The Reed’s boys again underlined their great strength in depth as we were the only school with 2 top 10 teams in the overall Open event and it was especially pleasing to see 3 Reed’s U16 teams in the quarter final stages of the U16 dual slalom.
In the Autumn term 2011 Reed's had successes in the plastic race series run by the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA) with the Boys U19 team winning the English Championships and the Open Championship. The girls won bronze medals in the U19 event with James Sieber taking silver at the British Championships in Edinburgh.
At the British Schoolboys’ Championships in 2012 (Meiringen, Switzerland) Reed's “A” team won team gold medals in the Team Parallel Slalom Competition and bronze medals in the Open Championship. The Reed’s children’s team were the fastest in the Giant Slalom and were semi finalists in their Team Parallel Slalom event.
In the same event, individual honours were won by Sam Stephens with a silver medal in the junior 2 Slalom and James Sieber who won a silver medal in the GS. Rowan Bollands won the gold medal in the unregistered junior competition. Morgan Davies (form 2) won medals in both the Slalom and GS races.
The girls were also very successful in Flaine (France) at the British Schoolgirls Races, In the Giant Slalom, Thomasine Nilson-Wrede finished in 2nd place in the Junior 1 Category and led the girls to the team silver medals. On a very challenging slalom course Thomasine took the gold medal as the team finished in 2nd place again which secured silver medals in the Overall Combined Team School Event. Jenna Reid won the gold medal in the unregistered junior competition.
Canada Cup 2012
A group of 14 Reed’s ski racers enjoyed some excellent training and racing in the Canadian Rocky Mountain resort of Jasper just before Christmas. The long journey was soon forgotten as we enjoyed some great technical support from a former USA World Cup coach and an almost empty resort.
Although the opposition racers from Eton, Harrow, Dulwich, Surbiton HS and Marlborough all contained a couple of good racers they were never going to be strong enough to threaten a powerful Reed’s contingent in the team events. There were some tremendous individual performances from both our experienced racers and our young novices in the Giant Slalom and Slalom races – but as we posted 16 of the top 20 times over the 2 days: they are mostly too numerous to mention!
Gold medal winners were James Sieber in the Giant Slalom, Rory Shiells in the Slalom and Ben Fluck in the Combined event. Our dominance was underlined by us taking 8 of the 9 individual medals on offer, winning both team events and the combined team event – The Canada Cup. Other medals were Milo Bastow (silver GS), Ben Fluck (bronze GS, silver Slalom), Rory Shiells (silver combined) and Callum Patience (bronze combined).
Rory Shiells from form 5, represented England at the World Schools’ Championships held in Gressoney, Italy and Sam Hinton was selected to join the English Schools’ junior squad.
Roy Steudle had an outstanding British Championships over the Easter break. In the Men’s Downhill Roy was the second British skier home and he followed that with 3rd place in the Men’s Super G race. Roy won gold medals in the Junior Giant Slalom and Super G events and was crowned the overall Junior Champion at the event. He joins an impressive list of Reed’s ski racers, which includes Jack Gower, Dan Absalom, Louise Thomas and Jack Breton, who have all won National titles at the British Championships.
National Indoor Champions of 2012
In the summer of 2012 the Reed’s boys team again finished in 1st place in the indoor championships with a young Reed’s B team in 3rd place. The indoor dual slalom team race produced an all Reed’s final where the A team made it a hat-trick of wins in this event.
Our congratulations to Mark Vernon and his dedicated team for their continuing success with the Academy and we are proud to be supporting the future of skiing in the UK.
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