WORLD ARTIFICIAL SKI SLOPE CHAMPIONSHIPS WYCOMBE SUMMIT - 27th 28th MAY 2000 (3 pages including results) The inaugural WORLD ARTIFICIAL SKI SLOPE CHAMPIONSHIPS triumphed over torrential rain, thunder, lightening and gales at WYCOMBE SUMMIT this weekend to produce exciting racing and worthy champions. With nearly 200 individual entries from France, Belgium, Holland, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England a truly international field gathered for the individual championship. Many were already champions from different fields of skiing - World Cup racers, ESF Champions, World Schools Champions, universities champions and national champions. The courses (set by top Wycombe trainer Jon Reidy) were masterpieces of the course-setter's art. Fast and flowing, they brought out the best of the massive talent in this field. Victory in the Men's Championship went to England's GB Team member JAMIE MILES his skiing clearly benefiting in both discipline and maturity from a tough season in the USA. The cultured Martyn Lewis from Northumberland smoothed his way to the silver medal and Scotland's hugely entertaining Blair Aitken kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as he skied right to the edge to take third. The Womens race was no less exciting. GB team member CHEMMY ALCOTT from Twickenham coming from, for her, a light season (only a World Cup or so, World Junior Championships and a British title!) gave an awesome demonstration to take the Women's title. Her GB team-mate Dani Bosher from Teddington (there must be something in the Water in down there!) showed she is well recovered from injury coming in second ahead of Essex's Zoe Rawlings-Brown (who had an excellent weekend winning Saturday's non-championship Wycombe Cup race). England triumphed in both of the team races. These were fast (the fastest speed through the final gates being timed in excess of 70 kmh!) and furious. In the end psychological pressures told in both Senior and Children's events. The highly rated ENGLAND CHILDRENS TEAM (Ed Drake, Shannah Prince, Dan Palmer , James Bennett) took the Championship as expected beating the Belgian Team from the Aspen Casablanca Club in the final. The bronze medal was won by the Children from Notre Dame de Bellecombe in France. England fielded two evenly matched and strong teams in the Senior event. Bravely the selectors gave their young skiers, who had performed so well in the individual race, places in the "A" team. But it was experience that counted and after a totally unexpected error from the junior World Champion Marc Telling, the A team failed to make the final leaving the ENGLAND B TEAM (Sally Bartlett, Zoe RawlingsBrown, Adam Lee, Matt Woods, Dave Blakewell, Dave Durgan) to win beating Belgium in the final. England A had to make do with the consolation of the Bronze beating the "Braveheart" painted Scots in the 3 rd/4th place race-off. The races were: a) promoted by Wycombe Summit (http://www.wycombesummit.co.uk/) (whose magnificent staff did so much to ensure that nothing prevented the week-end from being a huge success - their dedication being rewarded by home town and in house victories for Wycombe instructor Suzi Jerrett - now the World Senior Age Group Champion - and a team gold medal for race trainer Sally Bartlett as well a medals galore for their club trainees) to raise the profile Artificial Slope skiing. b) generously sponsored by (http://www.skibartlett.com/ ) the slope and by Ski Bartlett c) run by the experiencd team from LSERSA (http://www.lsersa.org) with help from top English officials from all over the country and under the watchful eye of French international TD Christian Sauvage from Flaine. Both Flaine and Notre Dame de Bellecombe in France sent teams to these Championships. Their teams included World Cup racers and for Notre Dame the 1998 Ecole du Ski Francaise national slalom champion Max Ancenay. They had no artificial slope experience and their sole reward was the bronze for Notre Dame in the Children's team event. But the English cannot be complacent. As the commentators pointed out throughout the week-end, the speed with which the French adapted to this alien environment over the course of the week-end was awesome. Talent will out and next year may be a very different story. Prize Winners: (Full Race Results on http://www.lsersa.org) OVERALL MALE ENGLAND ENGLAND SCOTLAND OVERALL FEMALE ENGLAND ENGLAND ENGLAND AGE GROUP CHAMPIONS CHILDREN 1 1. JAMIE MILES 2. MARTYN LEWIS 3. BLAIR AITKEN 1. CHEMMY ALCOTT 2. DANI BOSHER 3. ZOE RAWLINGS-BROWN 38.89 39.34 39.61 42.01 42.94 44.13 MALE 1. BEN WHEELER 2. KAI ALAERTS 3. ADAM LAMBERT MALE 1. DAN PALMER 2. BRETT HANEY 3. SANDER REEDIJK FEMALE ENGLAND 1. DANIELLE BRYSON BELGIUM 2. SHANNON TRAVERS ENGLAND 3. CARLY PHILLIPS CHILDREN 11 ENGLAND ENGLAND NETHERLANDS 1. MIKAELA MILLS 2. SHANNA PRINCE 3. MAITE ALAERTS SCOTLAND SCOTLAND ENGLAND ENGLAND ENGLAND BELGIUM JUNIOR 1 MALE 1. MARC TELLING ENGLAND 2. GEORGIE HUNT ENGLAND 3. ADAM LEE ENGLAND FEMALE 1. ZOE RAWLINGS-BROWN 2. MICHELLE PALMER 3. KATHLEEN NAGELS JUNIOR 11 MALES 1. JAMIE MILES ENGLAND 2. SHAUN HOWARTH ENGLAND 3. CHRIS OLIVEIRA ENGLAND FEMALES 1. CHEMMY ALCOTT ENGLAND 2. DANI BOSHER ENGLAND 3.TARYN ARCHBOLD ENGLAND SENIORS MALE FEMALE 1. MARTYN LEWIS ENGLAND 1.SUZI JERRETT ENGLAND 2. BLAIR AITKEN SCOTLAND 2. LUCY NEWMAN ENGLAND 3. MATT WOODS ENGLAND 3.ALISON LEWIS ENGLAND DISABLED SKIER CHAMPION 1. GRAHAM NUGENT ENGLAND TEAM CHAMPIONS OPEN (SENIOR/JUNIOR) CHILDREN 1. ENGLAND B 1. ENGLAND 2. BELGIUM 2. BELGIUM 3. ENGLAND A 3. FRANCE (NOTRE DAME DE BELLCOME) ENGLAND ENGLAND NED.