Thea crowned British champion

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Hot on the heels of her success in the English Freeski Championships, Whitby skier Thea Fenwick (12) has gone one better by winning the overall title in the British Moguls Championships.

Just like her Yorkshire born counterparts on Team GB, Thea is achieving elite level success at a young age.

Earlier this year the Whitby Gazette reported that Thea took three podium places, including two gold medal, in the English Freeski Championships.

After this, Thea, of Ruswarp Lane, travelled to the resort of Les Deux Alpes in France for summer training on Europe’s largest skiable glacier.

Throughout October, Fyling Hall Schoool pupil Thea has been competing in the British Freeski Championships at ChillFactore in Manchester.

She repeated her achievement of being the only entrant to take podium places in all three disciplines – moguls, slopestyle and ski cross, with the pinnacle at the British Moguls Championships where Thea succeeded in becoming a double British Champion.

In moguls events, competitors ski over a series of evenly spaced bumps, making two jumps during the descent.

At the British Championships, Thea competed in the dual moguls, a knockout competition where skiers of all ages race head-to-head down the bumpy course, and individual moguls where competitors ski the course alone for a score based on their speed, quality of turns and tricks in the air.

In the dual moguls competition, Thea beat off a strong field of female opponents in the elimination rounds to progress to the final where she was pitted against Yorkshire team-mate, Millie Wilkinson.

In a tight race, Thea came out on top to win the title of British Dual Moguls Champion.

The Individual Moguls wasn’t all plain sailing; after the qualifying round Thea was in third place, leaving her with a challenge in the final, but she put in her best performance yet to clinch both the gold medal in her age category and the overall title of British Champion and the first-ever winner of the Koyander Cup.

This is a trophy created in honour of Team GB skier, Ellie Koyander who is training for the Winter Olympics in Russia this winter.

Thea’s moguls coach, former Team GB skier, Chris David said: “Thea has really achieved something very special that will be with her for the rest of her life now, not too many people become British Champion.

“Thea’s results speak for themselves – she achieved the accolade of finishing top of the ladies’ medals table and was the only competitor to win a medal in every event.”

Thea won golds in the English Championships slopestyle U13s, moguls individual U13s, overall moguls individual and dual U13s; silvers in U13 ski cross, British Championships slopestyle and bronze in the U13 ski cross.

Thea learned to ski in France at age of three. At the age of seven, Thea took up competitive ski racing and achieved third in the British Indoor Race series before giving up racing in favour of freestyle.

Her interest in freestyle skiing emerged as a result of following her older brothers, who are snowboarders, off piste and through the snow park.

It is only one year since Thea’s first freestyle competition.

She said of her new title: “When I was little I loved skiing over bumps, now I’m the British Champion at it.

“Winning the British Championships was awesome.”

Thea is sponsored by ChillFactore, the indoor snow slope at Manchester, where she trains regularly.

As winter draws nearer, Thea has big plans for the outdoor season.

After Christmas, Thea and her family will be moving to the Italian city of Aosta, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, for three months. This will enable her to train with her coach, former GB Olympian Kate Foster in preparation for the main event, the outdoor British Championships at Tignes, France in March.

Thea will be training as the only skier alongside elite junior snowboarders.

Her mum Sarah Fenwick said: “Thea is very single-minded about her skiing.

“We drive long distances to training several times a week and she never complains.

“I’m really proud of her achievement.

“Hopefully Whitby will be proud of her and support her too.”

For more information about Thea and to keep up to date with her Blog go to www.theafenwick.com.

Any local people or businesses interested in sponsoring Thea should contact her via the website.