by Sam Murley
BURY St Edmunds’ rising star Tom Hudson has been tipped to ski at a national level in the future after enjoying an impressive season with the Suffolk Vikings.
The 10-year-old Culford School pupil has excelled since joining the Ipswich based Vikings in 2009, training with the club’s ‘black group’, which consists of the best 22 skiers, including adults, with Hudson being the youngest.
Competing in the Slalom racing beginners two category, as the part of the club team in the Eastern Region Snowsports Association summer league, Hudson managed to accumulate five podium finishes out of a total of eight meetings across the country to claim an impressive second place finish out of 39 competitors in his age group.
He followed that up, winning the end of season Eastern Region Snowsports Association Championships, a one off competition held over two stages with Hudson coming first and second in his age category races, to be crowned overall champion.
Speaking of Hudson’s continued development, Rolf Toogood, Chairman of the Suffolk Vikings, believes the youngster has the potential to compete at a greater level.
“For a lad so young to be doing so well, he could potentially get to a national level and beyond, with the talent he is displaying,” he said.
“It is fantastic for us as a club because we are developing and working hard to raise coaching standards.
“Seeing Tom coming through and excelling the way he is, is extremely rewarding to those who coach him.
“If he keeps working as he has so far with the club he could achieve a lot at a national level.
“He has progressed beyond all our expectations and to a level far beyond his years.”
The Suffolk Vikings train at the Suffolk Ski Centre, Bourne Hill, Ipswich every Saturday morning and are always looking to trial new members.
Anyone interested can visit www.suffolkvikings.org.uk and contact via the quick link.