Ski season has silver lining for Camden youngster Gorringe

Camden's Giselle Gorringe in skiing action (pic Racer Ready)

Camden's Giselle Gorringe in skiing action (pic Racer Ready) - Credit: Archant

North London Collegiate School pupils makes British Championships podium

Camden ski star Giselle Gorringe insists double silver at the Delancey British Championships last week was the perfect way to draw a close to a stellar season on the slopes.

The event welcomed almost 300 of Britain’s most talented young skiers to the stunning surroundings of the French Alps and 13-year-old Gorringe got her campaign off to a promising start in the Under-14 Slalom, crossing the line in a combined time of 1:39.09 to take her place on the second step of the podium.

Gorringe couldn’t back up her success in the Super G the following day, coming out of the course on the first run, but she was back among the medallists in Thursday‘s Giant Slalom with a second silver.

And while she insists there is still plenty of room for improvement, Gorringe, a pupil at North London Collegiate School, couldn’t have been happier with her performances on the piste.

“I’m quite happy with the performance. It was quite hard because we raced quite late on in the day, so there were a lot of ruts so I just tried to stay in the line and keep going until the end,” she said after her Giant Slalom success.

“I’d heard on the radios that a lot of mistakes were happening towards the end of the course so I knew I had to concentrate the whole way through.

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“I remained switched on the whole way through the race and I think it went alright in the end.

“My first run was really good, there were a few gates down at the bottom which really tested us all, but I just wanted to push through.

“It was much the same in the second run. I knew I had nothing to lose, I just wanted to try my best. I’m really happy to be on the podium again.”

Gorringe’s silver success comes at the end of a promising season in which she has enjoyed plenty of fun both on and off the snow.

But her attentions have already turned to next winter as she looks to continue her rapid progress up the rankings.

“It’s been a really, really good season for me. I have enjoyed the whole year and the social side of it has been great,” she said.

“The skiing has been such good fun in amazing conditions. I have really discovered a love for Super G.

“Unfortunately I fell and my ski popped off in the Super G here but I hope I have a good chance to do it properly next season.

“I want to enter more early-season races, get in some more practice and work really hard.”

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