National Interschools Ski Championships
The first round of the National Interschools Ski Championships is taking place this weekend, organised by ESSKIA, the English Schools Ski Association.
The ESSKIA National Championships take place on dry slopes annually in the autumn. The qualifying races are at Bromley and Southampton tomorrow, and at Gloucester, Silksworth and Welwyn on Sunday.
The National Finals will take place in Norwich on 5-6 October, with the British Schools Artificial Slope Championships in Gloucester on 17 November.
FamilySkiNews.com will at the Southampton Qualifer tomorrow, as one of our Content Editor’s sons is representing his school. Her younger son is the forerunner!
These races are always a highlight of the schools racing year. The events are all team races, made up of four skiers all of whom must be pupils at the same school. There are separate categories for girls’ and boys’ teams in four age groups – Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19. There is also a category for mixed teams.
For any kids hoping to join the circuit as ski racers when they leave school, these ESSKIA events are a must. Each year the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA) selects promising children to join its National Squads, based primarily on their performances in these Championships. There are two senior squads and one junior squad.
If you are selected, a certain degree of devotion is required (from parents as well as children!) as you are then expected to attend a weekly training camp on snow, with specialist ESSKIA coaching. A national team is then chosen to represent England at the biennial ISF World Schools Ski Championships. For many, this is the closest they will ever get to experiencing what its must be like to represent your country at the Olympics. The best and the luckiest may even go on to do just that!…