Bury teenager Hudson ends season with slalom success

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Teenage skiing ace Tom Hudson capped a superb Alpine campaign by winning the under-16 male slalom in France.

Despite facing strong winds and softening snow, Hudson, from Sapiston, near Bury put the conditions behind him to claim the British Cup after recording a time of one minute and 29.03 seconds ahead of Canadian Tyler Clark, and Kristofer Berlindarson at the event in Tignes.

A delighted Hudson said: “It’s a really great achievement, considering I’m in the younger age of the age group.

“I’ve enjoyed it even more this season. I’ve had to work really hard to keep my strength and condition up and my school have been really helpful, allowing me time off to train and keep up to pace with my academic studies.”

Hudson’s exploits, along with third place in the combined male and super G/GS events, saw him third overall in the week-long championships.

The Culford School pupil, who has been skiing since the age of four, would love to reach the top level of the sport.

He models himself on Great Britain skiier Dave Ryding and said: “I’d love to ski in the Europa Cup and the Youth Cup. From there I’d like to aim for the World Cup and, who knows, maybe a place in the Olympics.”

He has spent the season with the British Ski Academy, near Chamonix in France, training and schooling between races.

This enabled him to secure numerous podium finishes in the significant British races.

His performances led to selection for the Great Britain under-16 team in Slovenia, in February, and again last month at the prestigious Topolino races in Italy where he competed against 99 boys from 36 nations.

The 15-year-old acquitted himself well in both races, finishing as high as 31st in the under-16s and eighth in his year-of-birth group.

The teenager put his continued progress down to the help of a Canadian coaching team with former downhill skiier Conrad Pridy being one of his mentors.

Hudson said: “My coaching team have really helped. The techniques have been different with a lot more video analysis.”

He will continue to train hard over the summer on the dry slopes at the Norfolk Snow Sports Club at Trowse.