Following good performances, attendance and discipline during the recent English Schools’ Ski Association (ESSKIA) Dry Slope Races, Bedford Modern School students Edward Forrester (Year 11) and Alexander Smith (Year 9) have been selected to join the Squad Training Camps in Geilo, Norway next February.
ESSKIA promotes ski-racing competitions between school teams and the training camps provide students with a unique and valuable experience in developing their skills, ability and teamwork.
The annual week long camps are aimed at building teams for the biennial International School Sport Federation (ISF) Schools’ World Championships. Slalom, Giant Slalom, “fast” Giant Slalom will all be part of the programme, as well as fitness testing and video analysis.
16 year old Edward will be joining Squad I (under 18s), whilst Alexander, 14, will be in Squad II (under 16s).
Edward, who has been skiing since Year 4 with the BMS Ski Club, commented: “It’s really exciting but nerve-racking to have been chosen to attend the training camp next year. I do find it fun but very competitive so will have to work hard in the lead-up.”
Alexander began skiing at the age of four whilst on family holidays in France and was introduced to race skiing when he joined BMS in Year 3. He added: “I love skiing so it’s great to have this opportunity to take my passion further.”
Andrew Slater, Head of BMS Ski Club said: “Both Edward and Alexander have worked very hard so I’m really proud that they have been selected for ESSKIA training camps. I wish them the very best of luck.”