The Girls Slalom at the British Land National Ski Championships today belonged to Perthshire skiers Charlotte 'Charlie' Guest and Hope Whitelaw.
After becoming the first girl to win Britain a gold medal in an international FIS Children's race when she won the Andorra Slalom in February, Guest's confidence has soared and today showed a great attack in the contrasting conditions on the Mottaret race track. While the first course was fast, open and grippy, the second had become rutted near the bottom and it was not easy to stay in the course.
Guest's first run set the foundations for her title, consolidating neatly on the second run she finished with a comfortable overall margin of 2.37 seconds over Whitelaw, who also lifted the Children's 1 title (Year of Birth 1995 and 1996).
"The courses really suited my skiing, fast and open. I made a lot of mistakes, but I definitely did not expect to win. I am never usually much of a Slalom skier." Said Guest, "I came here today not really knowing what to expect at all. But the courses were nice and open, with lots of room between the gates."
As well as training with the amalgamated Scottish clubs' FAST camps, Charlie has trained regularly with the British Ski Academy in Les Houches, France. Whitelaw is also trained by the British Ski Academy.
"My second run was tough and I was just pleased to get down, staying in the course in the ruts was hard enough. I was hoping to win, so I was really pleased to achieve that." Said Whitelaw who atoned today for being disqualified from both runs of last year's Slalom.
Racing at his third British Championships Daniel Yuill (14, La Fourly) added the British Slalom title to wins this year already at the Swiss Children's Championships where he triumphed in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Combined. The Swiss based skier races with his local club at La Fourly, near Verbier where he only started training seriously two years ago.
"I was not sure what to expect today. I had good hopes. I did not ski my absolute best but it was enough." Said Yuill, whose mother's family are from Erskine in Scotland, and his father's family are from England's Lake District.
Results: The British Land National Ski Championships: Childrens Slalom:
Girls: 1 C Guest (Perth) 37.79, 40.05, 1:17.84, 2 H Whitelaw (Perth) 39.78, 40.43 1:20.21, 3 E Evans (Chatham, Kent) 39.52, 41.05 1:20.57, Children 1 (Year of Birth 1995 and 1996): 1 Whitelaw, 2 R Watkins (Samoens, France) 40.39, 40.54 1:20.93, 3 T Nilson-Wrede (Cobham, Surrey) 42.35, 42.70 1:25.05
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