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The School’s best skiers have taken to the slopes of Les Houches this week to compete in the 2016 Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge.
Nine pupils from St John’s took part in races on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March, competing in the slalom and giant slalom events.
The U18 and U16 skiers did well in the giant slalom on the first day, Sasha Bruce (Lower Sixth, Haslewood) finishing in 9th place and getting the first points on the board for St John’s. Her sister Abi (Upper Fifth, Haslewood) then flew down the course and beat everyone in her age group by two seconds, as well as setting the fastest time to win the Girls’ Giant Slalom Cup. Will Aldridge-Bate (Fourth Form, East) contributed to the scoreboard, coming 10th in the U14 slalom.
The second day of skiing saw the U14 giant slalom competition and the U16/U18 slalom. The Bruce sisters failed to finish the course, but Georgia Cowpe (Lower Sixth, South) made a good first run, finishing in 16th place. Despite a few mistakes Ollie Attard (Lower Sixth, East) skied well, as did Christopher Ballard in his first slalom race. Sam Attard (Lower Fifth, East) crashed on his way down, but thankfully did not injure himself. In the second run, Georgia made good ground and finished 10th overall, as did Ollie.
Ski trip leader Richard Gregory commented: ‘The School did incredibly well with five top 10 places to finish equal 19th in the overall rankings out of 120 schools, and had a great few days in Les Houches.’
Further photos can be viewed in the Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge photo gallery.
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