GWYNLLYW SKI TEAM NEWS june 2017
In the recent South East Wales Schools Ski Championships held at Pontypool dry ski slope on 28th June, Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw took gold team medals for both its boys and girls teams.
Many pupils were racing for the very first time, but still managed to acquire an impressive haul of medals.
Individual results for Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw were as follows:
In the Under 14 category, Angharad Morley took gold for the girls and Bradley Hurter won gold for the boys.
In the boys Under 16 category, Ioan Higgins took gold as best registered racer and Alasdair Bowring and Joshua Jones took gold and bronze in the unregistered category.
In the girls Under 16 category, Rowena Smith took gold as best registered skier and Alana Pocknell won gold and Georgina Belcher bronze in the unregistered category.
In the Under 18 category, Boys’ Captain, Louis Davies-Cren won gold for the boys and Girls’ Captain, Stephanie Belcher won gold for the girls.
For best boys secondary school performance overall, Ioan Higgins took gold in the Registered category and Louis Davies-Cren took gold in the unregistered category.
For best girls secondary performance overall, Rowena Smith took gold in the Registered category and Angharad Morley took gold in the unregistered category.
Girls Captain, Stephanie Belcher should have been given silver in the unregistered category but rather flatteringly the organisers assumed she was a registered racer and gave silver to Alana Pocknell instead!
The Championship ended with a nail biting finish to see who would post the fastest championship time. Louis Davies-Cren in the final run of the day went all out to win, losing his footing and narrowly avoided falling (drawing “ooos” from the assembled crowd) and succeeded in just pipping his fellow Gwynllyw pupil, Rowena Smith by a fraction of a second to get the fastest run of the day.
All skiers would like to thank Mike Pilcher and Ian Gurner from Torfaen Ski Club for training them and they now look forward to the Welsh Schools National Championships in Llangrannog in October where they will compete against the best skiers from all over Wales.
This is an excerpt of an article submitted to the Abergavenny Chronicle, full article available on request.
The Ski team at Gwynllyw have had many years of success - currently mentored by PTA volunteer Julia Hawkins, the ski team meet on Wednesday evenings at Pontypool Dry Ski Slope, to practice for upcoming competitions and have a lot of fun.
It doesn't matter whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced skier, if it interests you, you should contact Julia to make arrangements to go along to a session.
If you don't want to compete, why not just go along to practice for the school skiing trip? You never know, you might be really good at it!
There are some photographs on the Gwynllyw website:
Gwynllyw Ski Trip 2012 - Schladming,Awstria
The ski team has featured in articles in the South Wales Argus
FOUR dry ski slopers from Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw competed in the British Championships in Edinburgh in November 2014. Click here to read more.
The ski team also competed in the Welsh National Schools Ski Championship at Llangrannog October 2015. Click to read more here.
There was also an article published to the school website congratulating the pupils in 2015: See here