The coaching team of Fabrizio Ghislanzoni, Monica Paluch and Pete Todorov ran a training session at the Southampton slope last Sunday, giving the trainees a packed day of off slope fitness, drills and exercises and head to head slalom races.
The parents had a lot to keep them busy with a Level 1 coaches course run by Nigel Vincent and a nearly new sale for ski clothing and equipment.
We hope to run a train day next spring and we’ll definitely be running our sale again this time next year.
SASA Training Day 10 September
Three SASA Racers attended the 5th round of the Southern Region ski races at Bowles this weekend. The sun shone and we arrived at a newly refurbished bottom area of the ski slope equipped with catch netting and an amphitheater area for the racers to set up camp (much safer than in previous years apparently) Numbers were down on other rounds and this was probably due to the bank holiday, however this made for a very quick turnaround of racers especially with a shorter slope and a well organised event.
Daniel Hutchings made his first SRSA podium of the year with a third place position and picked up three head to head wins in the boys under 14s. Imogen Miller skied very strong and traded places for the third place spot during the morning in the girls under 14s category just to slip in to fourth place on the final run but picked up two head to head victories to help boost her seasons points tally. Geno Hounsham skied to the silver medal position in the boys under 12s finishing 0.01 of a second off first place and rounded off with two head to head victories.
SASA managed to enter a team in the Club races again but failed to make it through the first round.
With the last race of the series on the 16th September at Snowtrax it would be good to see a few more SASA members competing so please check your diaries and if you can make it please sign up.
This weekend saw the Midlands and Gloucester Club Nationals take place at the Gloucester Dry Ski Slope. Once again the weather was on the warm side so racers took shade under the many gazebos erected along the side of the slope to keep cool The slope is much longer than the Southampton slope and is aided by a water sprinkler system that chose to play up over the two days causing problems for the organisers but eventually all the races were completed.
SASA only had Geno Hounsham racing at the Midlands Club National on the Saturday with Harvey Stanley joining him on the Sunday for the Gloucester CN. Geno skied well in the boys under 12s but experienced a frustrating two days where he was sat in Third position for his first two runs only to be pushed back to fourth place on his final run on both days. Harvey put in some strong runs on the Sunday finishing sixth in the boys under 14s. Thanks must be given to Jordan Cooper of Ski Bitz Racing who took Geno through course inspection and Ben Vincent of Snowtrax who put Geno in Gate and this is always appreciated when senior skiers assist the juniors and minis.
Next stop is the SRSA fourth round at Aldershot this Weekend.
Congratulations to all the racers who took part in today’s race. Full results can be found on the Race page:
Southern Schools Open
A selection of photos from today can be found in the gallery:
Southern Schools Open June 2017
Well what else would you do on the hottest day of the year so far other than go ski racing on a big plastic hill.
One hundred and thirteen competitors from all over the region turned up bright and early for round 3 of the snow sport south summer series at Aldershot. Sadly, one didn’t manage to compete as little Zac who regularly trains with us on a Sunday morning broke his thumb during practice, however a true racer and was back later to cheer people on, one very brave little boy.
For those of you that haven’t been there before Aldershot is an interesting slope as the top 3rd is built from a giant scaffold and the slope is water mist lubricated and a fraction faster than our own, it’s also a tiny bit shorter with the fastest racers recording times under 9 seconds.
For our own racers, it was as much a test of endurance than a speed test with soaring temperatures and ski boots on all day.
Daniel Hutchins and Imogen White both managed to win all 3 of their head to heads, Imogen Miller won two out of three and skied very well in her timed runs improving her ranking. Geno Housham won a silver medal in the male U12 and Hunter Barnes managed to win gold in the Male U8.
We also managed to but a team into the team races and although we didn’t win our race it was fantastic to see SASA on the start list which I’m led to believe hasn’t happened in a long time in this series, we were all very proud of them for entering as the other competitors were all a lot older and bigger.
All in all another great day out which could only be improved by a few more SASA members coming and joining us.
The race on Saturday was well attended with 132 racers coming from all over the southern region and some as far as Cardiff and Chatham. This made for a highly competitive field, both on and off the slope with servicing technicians (enthusiastic parents) frantically waxing and sharpening skis between runs.
The racing this weekend was a little different as the main lift was out of action and the decision was made to race on the left hand slope which due to its undulations made the top of the course quite technical. There was a fantastic team spirit amongst the SASA team with all eight of the attendant racers supporting each other and making sure everyone knew and was happy with the course and cheering each other on after every run. The day wasn’t without incident with one young lady falling after she crossed the line and landing on the sharp edge of her ski and putting a rather large hole in her behind (recovering well now and smiling on Facebook) and another young lad who bent his ski dramatically on the crash barriers at the bottom of the slope, he would have grown out of those skis anyway. As one of our young racers pointed out to me during the delay “its ok coz at least they still got a time” True racing spirit.
We had some notable success for SASA with Geno Hounsham winning a bronze in the U12 male in a very competitive group and Hunter Barnes winning Gold in the U8 male, and our 2 female racers Imogen White and Imogen Miller both putting in great performances and winning all 3 of their head to head races. All our racers recorded very respectable times on a tricky course and should be proud of themselves.
All in all a great day in the sun, I would encourage everyone to try it, there is lots of support on the day for new racers and its great fun to watch.
SASA racers were out in force this weekend at the SSE BASS Races at Landgraaf. Edward Barker, Peter Gash, Adam & Laura Harrison-Smith, Geno Hounsham, Dan Hutchings, Imogen Miller, Harvey Stanley and Imogen White were flying the flag for Team SASA. For five of them, it was their first year racing on full gates, but all of them rose to the challenge and put in solid performance.
In the minis, Laura dominated her age group and Adam put in some good performances to get two second podium places. He was beaten by Geno in the pro slalom, Geno picking up a second to Adam’s third. In his first year racing U12, Geno missed out on a second podium place by a whisker.
Full results can be found here:
GB Ski SSE BASS Race 2017 Results
There are a few pictures from the weekend, but taking pictures at Landgraaf is very difficult. Racer Ready were in attendance and have some great pictures of everyone.
Racer Ready Photos
SSE Landgraaf May 2017
69 racers in 10 teams and individual racers represented 21 primary and secondary schools at the SASA Interschools Race on 14 May at the Alpine Centre in Southampton.
Teams consisted of three or more racers in the primary or secondary category and the three best times from the three fastest racers in each team counted towards the team prize.
Skiers who were not able to find sufficient other skiers at their school raced for individual honours.
In the primary category, St Marys Independent School (formerly know as Charlton House) came first for the third year in a row and Peter Symonds College took first place.
Individual honours went to Lucas Collyer-Todd and India Dusanjh-Auty in the primary category and Alfie Goss and April Arthur in the secondary category.
Full results can be found on the Race page:
Interschools Race 2017
Interschools Race 14 May 2017
Fabrizio Ghislanzoni, Monica Paluch and Pete Todorov provided the coaching for 44 racers at SASA’s training day on Sunday 7 May at the Alpine Centre in Southampton.
All the racers started the day with a run and off slope warm up before embarking on a day of on and off slope drills, timed runs and team head-to-heads.
The pictures should tell the story, but for old racing hands, they were very pleased to see the the return of Fabrizio and excited to be getting top notch coaching from Monica and Pete, some having been coached by one or both of them at ESSKIA and Pamporovo over the winter.
For skiers new to racing, there was lots of enthusiastic feedback and we hope that you are inspired to come back and try some more racing. Check out the website for the details of the training sessions and upcoming races!
Well done to Lucas Collyer-Todd and India Dusanjh-Auty as fastest male and female of the day and congratulations to Lucas, Grant Messinger, Genevieve Cassidy and Sophie Trowbridge for winning the team head-to-head.
Thank you to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to put the training day together, to the coaches who, as ever, provided great feedback to all the racers and thank you to the parents for supporting the event.
We aim to hold another training day in September and we also hope to repeat our secondhand kit sale – watch out for more details on the website.
SASA Training Day May 2017
Adam and Laura Harrison-Smith and Daniel Hutchings raced at the Artemis Interschools Race in Pila this week, representing St Mary’s Independent School in Southampton. Dan had already had a packed week of training with ESSKiA, so was excited to be putting what he’d learnt into practice, (but a also little tired)! Fabrizio Ghislanzoni joined us from Verbier as team coach so the team were able to apply some of the drills that they had learnt on the dry slope to the alpine environment.
There were two days of racing – on the first day, Giant Slalom, with Adam and Dan racing first in the U12 boys race. Laura was racing later in the day and she got the raw deal as hot weather and the usual racing delays meant that she was racing on a very tracked out course. The field was enormous, with about 200 children competing from Switzerland, France and Italy as well as the UK and standards were very high. Laura came 12th in the U10 girls, Adam 28th and Dan 63rd, so all three came at least middle of the field.
On the second day, it was the boys turn to race second. Laura skied a blinding first run, showing the importance of planning her race with Fabrizio and skiing that plan, skiing a good line and beating very good skiers who didn’t have the benefit of Fabrizio’s expertise! That performance got her third place on the podium.
By the time the boys came to race, there had already been about 150 runs through the soft course and by the time 80+ U12s had charged down it, it resembled more of a skier cross course than a slalom one. For both boys, getting down in one piece was dominating their thoughts, so we were all very proud to see Adam get 24th and Dan 46th. Again, with Fabrizio to guide them, they were able to plan their races, though it was clear to see that both of them were being bounced around so much that it was very hard to keep their intended lines.
We all had a great time in Pila, which had good race pistes and was very welcoming to a huge number of racers. It was a fantastic opportunity for the skiers to race against some very accomplished skiers and to experience racing in spring snow. We’d like to thank Fabrizio for being a great coach, channelling Laura’s emotions to get her that great result! We’d also like to thank him for finding us good food and sorting out Mike’s tyre!!!!!
Roll on Pila 2018!