Richmond Schoolgirl claims National Titles at Skiing Championships
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012
A pupil at Richmond School has established herself as one of Team GB's strongest Children athletes by topping the podium in multiple disciplines at the English Alpine Championships.
Honor Clissold, 14, who is an athlete with Team Evolution Racing and the 2011 British Children's Champion, recently continued her winning streak, taking the Overall Children’s Title at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio in February, as well as podiums in the Giant Slalom and SuperG disciplines against other members of the British Children’s Ski Team.
She also won Silver Medals in Giant Slalom, SuperG and Super Combined when representing GB in Andorra in late January. There were 19 nations competing.
Honor's Mum, Lorraine, said: "While Honor is believed to have a real talent for her sport, results are only achieved through dedication and hard work. She is very fortunate to have a great coaching team and tremendous support from the staff at Richmond School."
"She is so often away from home so has had to grow up very quickly, become an expert in time management and learn to make choices which often involve missing out on social events at home. But Honor loves to ski fast and to compete, and with the Evolution team set up providing a 'home away from home', once she reaches the mountains the sacrifices are all worthwhile and she is in her element," continued Mrs Clissold.
As part of the Full Time training programme provided by Team Evolution in St Johann, Austria, Honor is working hard to balance her schooling and skiing requirements. This new step for the Richmond based youngster has given her the opportunity to train alongside numerous members of the British Children's and Junior Teams, as well as offering the necessary structure, guidance and support needed to progress to the next stage in her skiing.
Sega Fairweather, British Children’s Team Coach, and Head of the Children’s Programme at Team Evolution said: “Honors natural sensation when skiing, mixed with an aggressive edge in races, has provided her with the platform to continually succeed on the more technical slopes over the past 12 months.”
Honor will spend March training in Austria with Team Evolution, before traveling to Abetone, Italy, to represent Team GB in International competitions and end the year by competing at the British Alpine Championships in Meribel.