GB training camp for ski siblings

By Tim Leigh in Snow Sports

The South Hams’ very own sibling ski stars have been training with the national team on the French slopes in preparation for one of the year’s biggest events.

Over the past two weeks Ollie and Bertie Wotton have been attending a gruelling GB training camp in Pralognan La Vanoise, France.

The camp was set up to train with the GB squad in preparation for the GB National Championships in the following week.

Most of the training had to be done on the higher altitude slopes for the first few days, due to the lack of snow.

However, the third day saw the start of a new snow fall, which continued for 48 hours, delivering just over a metre of snow.

The training was conducted by GB coach Seb Mansart and for the first few days the squad were put through various skiing techniques and drills.

The racing started on January 14 and continued for that week; Ollie and Bertie both competed in the giant slalom, sprint and the famous classic race.

This consisted of 45 gates, a large jump and a 300m skate at the end to the finish.

Bertie, although only coming into the sport this season, managed to finish second in the under 18s and 33rd overall in the adult category.

A great achievement for Bertie and he has been asked to come and train with the squad this season.

Ollie, having raced last year for GB at national level, im­proved again. He came first in the U18s category, fifth in the adult and open championship, again an improvement on last year.

Ollie hopes to represent Great Britain in two events, Norway Ru­kan on March 1-4 and Switz­erland Thyon March 9-11.

An amazing two weeks for the brothers, to which have been warmly received by the GB camp.

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