Grammar skiers shine on the slopes

Anna Caldwell helped Portsmouth Grammar to seventh place
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The Portsmouth Grammar School’s boys and girls ski teams hit the slopes in style at the 2012 British Schools Indoor Ski Championships in Manchester.

The boys’ squad sealed a fourth-placed finish, while the girls came away seventh to round off an excellent showing from the school.

Both teams were invited to take part in the competition at the Chill Factore after excelling at a series of qualifying events.

That started last September with the English Schools’ Ski Association’s (ESSKIA) regional heat in Southampton. This was followed by the ESSKIA national championships back in October in Stoke and then the British Artificial Slope Championships in Edinburgh in November.

The PGS boys’ team, who were taking part for the second year running, was made up of year-10 pupils Sam Williams, Ben Jackson, both 14, and Harry Staley, 15, and Ben’s brother Seth, 17, who is in year 12.

The girls’ line-up, competing for the first time, was Anna Caldwell, nine, from year four, Nadine Hugecova, aged 10 and in year five, Nadine’s sister Nicole, 11 and in year seven, and Cameron Manson, 13 and in year eight.

PGS parent ski-racing representative Matt Williams said: ‘These were excellent results against the strongest teams in the country and both squads should be very proud of their performances at this prestigious event.’

Earlier this year, Williams represented England in the International Sports Federation’s World Schools’ Championships in Gressoney, Italy.