Ski ace McCall thrilled by England chance

Oscar McCall
Oscar McCall

OSCAR McCALL is one of two West Sussex skiers selected to ski for England.

McCall, from Stoughton, and Charlie Luke from Upper Beeding, both 14, had the good news following a recent selection weekend in Manchester which gives them a place in the English under-16 alpine ski squad.

The talented duo were chosen to attend the weekend in Manchester, which involved fitness tests, on-snow skill-based exercises at indoor snow slope Chill Factore and strength and conditioning and nutrition sessions.

Their dreams of competing for GB came a step closer as they were selected to the English squad. They will represent England in dry and indoor slope races across the country and in the English Alpine Ski Championships in Italy next February.

The English alpine ski squads, managed by Snowsport England, are the stepping stone for young skiers as they work towards skiing for Great Britain, and the ultimate aim of the Winter Olympics and World Cup circuit.

Snowsport England chief executive Tim Fawke said: “Our recent selection weekend for the English alpine ski squads was a real success.

The enthusiasm and dedication from our athletes was really impressive and we have got some promising talent in all of our squads.

“The enthusiasm and dedication from our athletes was really impressive and we have got some promising talent in all of our squads. We aim to help support all the athletes in their progression as ski racers as much as we can and help them fulfill their dreams of becoming professional skiers.”

People interested in taking up skiing can get involved with Snowsport England’s GO SKI GO BOARD campaign which offers value-for-money sessions to give skiing or snowboarding a go, then continue to learn the skills of snowsports. You can find your nearest GO SKI GO BOARD session and slope on www.goskigoboard.org.uk

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