Williams prepares for Italian job

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Sam Williams is ready for his own Italian job after receiving the call from the England Schools ski team.

The 14-year-old Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) student is currently in the town of Gressoney with the rest of the national squad as they bid for medals at the ISF World Schools’ Skiing Championships this week.

The biennial championships attract the sport’s blossoming talent from all around the globe, with each participating country sending five girls and five boys in two age groups.

Williams will be part of the junior team and is relishing the experience.

He said: ‘When I found out I was going I was very proud because it was something I always hoped I might achieve.

‘It will be hard work, though, as I will be training every day until the races but I am still looking forward to it.

‘It will be a great experience. As well as the racing and training there will be many other activities.

‘They include an opening ceremony, which is going to be really fun as we will get to meet lots of people from different countries and parade through the town.’

The teenager was part of the four-strong PGS boys’ team which won the under-12 national championship in 2007.

He earned his Italian trip after impressing in the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA) Championship and the national training squad.

Williams is also preparing for battle on the home front, too.

The Year 10 student will again be a member of the PGS boys’ team in the British Schools’ Indoor Snow Championships in Manchester in May.

Meanwhile, the school’s girls team have also been selected for the first time.

Both invitations came based on the school’s excellent results in the British Championships at Edinburgh last year.

In Scotland, both the under-14 girls and under-16 boys were third in their category.

The boys’ team then placed 12th in the open competition and the girls’ team 10th – remarkable results in the face of much older competition.

Joining Williams in the boys’ squad are fellow Year 10 students Rowan Dixon, 15, and Ben Jackson, 14.

The quartet is completed by 17-year-old Seth Jackson.

The groundbreaking girls’ team is made up of two Year 5 starlets – baby of the group Anna Caldwell, nine, and Nadine Hugecova, 10 – Nicole Hugecova, 11, and Cameron Manson, 13.