The Snow Centre’s junior freestyle ski and snowboard team were in scintillating form at The Brits 2016 competition in Laax, Switzerland as they came home with an enviable medal haul.
The young guns bagged a total of 24 medals between them – across slopestyle, halfpipe, ski or boarder cross and rails – as British athletes travelled from all corners to compete against fellow amateur and professional skiers and snowboarders.
This is the only competition where youngsters can compete alongside Olympians such as Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls and Katie Summerhayes.
For The Snow Centre’s team, snowboarders Jamie Rowley, Stephen Smith, Charlie Lane, Cerys Allen and Sophie Smith were in action, while Madi Rowlands, Lexi Rowlands, Callum Welch, Ella Taylor-Tipton, Justin Taylor-Tipton and Tommy Dade competed in the ski disciplines.
Sophie, 11, and 14-year-old Cerys stole the show as Sophie brought home two silver medals and one bronze in the U12 slopestyle, boarder cross and halfpipe.
Team-mate Cerys amassed a total of three gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the U18 and U16 categories as the youngsters’ training at The Snow Centre’s Freestyle Thursday and Friday Park Nights clearly paid off.
The superb competition results didn’t end there for The Snow Centre as eight-year-old snowboarder Charlie Lane picked up a gold medal, while skiers Madi Rowlands, Callum Welch, Justin and Ella Taylor-Tipton and Tommy Dade also won medals in their age categories.
Madi, who recently competed at the Youth Olympic Games, landed herself five medals in halfpipe, slopestyle and ski cross, while Justin picked up three medals, including a gold, and Callum brought home a silver. Ella, Lexi and Tommy also brought home a medal each.
Following a great week for The Snow Centre Team, freestyle manager and head snowboard coach Kris Amstutz said: “I am delighted with the team’s achievements this week at the Brits. I am also proud of their hard work and dedication in the weeks prior, in both Laax and at The Snow Centre.
“They all took on a massive challenge and despite difficult conditions, succeeded and had fun throughout.”