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● L/Cpl Pete Dunning RM
represents the Corps in the
Combined Services disabled ski
Miracle in Meribel
Continued from page 48 beginner to race training (delivered but minimal fancy dress outfi ts and marina
Lac is a fi ve-minute free bus ride away
extremely well by S/Sgt Tony McGill, on ● It’s downhill all the way for Lt Kate Hopkins in the, er, downhill fi nal exceptional instruction have proved
and the team worked hard to provide
loan from the RLC) and from feedback invaluable. He will be sorely missed,
as many discounts in the local bars and
received by the RNWSA, Evolution 2 along with his dulcet and entertaining
restaurants as possible.
provided top-quality instruction. commentating skills.
With snow falling across most of
Week one ended with a plethora of The fi nal goodbye is for the legend
Europe it was challenging getting all
races: the beginners’, the boardercross that is Tommy Wallace.
competitors there in the fi rst place.
as well as the giant slalom B and C Tommy has been supporting the
With people spread as far as Milan still
races. These were very popular and championships in many guises for 25
trying to get to Tignes 24 hours after the
proved the race piste and the snow years and leaves as the head of the
event had started ETC had their work
park for the fi rst time. skiing instructors’ team. He’s been
cut out, but eventually everyone arrived
The second week started with an instrumental in ensuring the highest
safely and the intensive period of
enormous dump… of snow. This set the standards of instruction are provided
instruction and racing commenced.
week up perfectly. Not only had transfer for Service personnel and civilians alike,
With perfect snow conditions the
day been good weather with few snags, and there are few people skiing in the
instruction began in earnest. There was
but sunshine and more fresh snow Service today that haven’t been taught
teaching available for all levels from
made for perfect conditions for racing – by Tommy at one stage or another.
the focus of the second week. Looking ahead, there’s no doubt
There was a full race programme that the alpine championships provide
added to the already full instructional some of the best adventurous training
programme, with the snowboarders on offer and are a signifi cant morale
enjoying parallel giant slalom, boost to those attending thanks to
boardercross and for the fi rst time the opportunity to develop skills from
slopestyle. beginners to experts, along with the
For skiers, there was something for potential to bring family to the largest
everyone: beginners, C races, B and A single Service sporting event in the
races and for the experts attending, a calendar.
premier super G for the fi rst time. champion was Holly Henderson, with RN at the Inter Services. That said the championships are not
We also welcomed a team from the Samantha Dunbar a close second. This was a testament to the excellent exempt from fi nancial pressures, both
Australian Defence Force, training and For the boarders, Mick Hawkes race piste, the calibre of the racers, but personal and within the military. This
competing with the RN before attending prevailed with ‘Smudge’ Smith close most of all the committee who prepared places demands on personnel to attend
the Inter Services Championships in behind and Lyndsay Griffi ths was the events. and there is no doubt that the event will
February. followed by Gemma Britton in the Arthur Steiner – the RN alpine team be under threat if attendance falls.
Racing week was made even more ladies’ category. There was a very-hard- trainer – commented that he witnessed It is absolutely vital that numbers are
spectacular by the number of people fought battle in the team competition the best Super G race ever staged. maximised in the coming years, not
venturing forth to the start gates. and it is testament to the personnel and Well done to those involved and only for the well being of the attendees
Competitors this year rose by 50 PTIs of HMS Illustrious that they came hopefully the experience this year will but for the championships itself.
per cent and the number of teams away with both the A and B major unit prompt bigger and better things next To that end there will be a signifi cant
competing in the A races doubled. prize; to get more than 40 of the ships’ year. effort to maximise attendance at the
This is exactly what was required company away for the event was a 2010 saw the departure of a number 2011 event between January 8 and 22,
as we look to develop the next spectacular effort. of key personnel from the event. with incentives for those organising
generation of RN skiers. The Flying Tigers of 814 NAS reigned Cdr Andrea Crook has been involved groups as well as roadshows and
The boarders also welcomed supreme over their rivals 820 NAS with the RNWSA for 15 years and has advertising. Keep an eye on www.
their new event, slopestyle, to the for the minor unit A prize while HMS managed the tricky fi nancial balancing for further details.
championships with much success Vengeance (with a strong contingent) task of RNWSA treasurer with a fi rm The committee is also looking
(see the back page). took the B race prize. hand and good humour. for people to help sell the event on
The Australians gave the teams The Command prize was won this Lt Col Nick Daukes RM has led the their base or within their unit. If you
a good run for their money but the year by the Fleet Air Arm. snowboarding discipline for many years want to promote the championships,
overall Navy Ski Champions were Particular highlights from this year’s as the sport grows to near parity with organise a team for next year or just
Chris Sharratt closely followed racing included the selection of two the skiers. provide feedback or suggestions e-mail
by Rob Corcoran and the ladies women to race train and represent the His sense of humour, extravagant
● Ultimate board meeting... Competitors jump a ramp in BFBS Sport snowboard cross fi nal
pictures: po(phot) donny osmond, frpu north
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