Culford skiier to spend spring term on slopes

HOT PROSPECT: Teenage ski age Tom Hudson, 15.
HOT PROSPECT: Teenage ski age Tom Hudson, 15.
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Culford pupil Tom Hudson will spend the spring term on the Alpine slopes with the British Ski Academy, training and competing for Great Britain.

The British Ski Academy provides a winter base to support and encourage junior British racers aiming to achieve the highest standards in Alpine ski racing.

Hudson, 15,lives near Bury St Edmunds and, when at home, trains with the Norfolk Ski Club, based at Trowse.

The youngster is hoping to build on his successes of last year when he won the Slalom in the Anglo Scottish Cup and was then picked by British Ski and Snowboard, the national governing body in the UK, to join the GB team for his age group.

He travelled out to Les Houches in the Chamonix valley at the end of December where he will train and compete for the skiing season.

This will include a jam-packed programme of training in the morning and school work in the afternoon.

While at school, Tom also works on his fitness with Culford’s strength and conditioning team who have been helping him to build his physical core strength.

Headmaster Julian Johnson-Munday said: “We are immensely proud of Tom’s achievements.

“A number of Culford pupils are now competing at national and international levels, representing their country at a variety of sports.

“The ability to do this whilst studying for important examinations relies on a close partnership between the school, pupils and parents.

“We naturally hope that Tom will fulfil all his ambitions and are committed to supporting him with his studies while he is away.”