Aylesbury school’s super ski starlets are on a High after Nationals glory

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Most schools achieve sporting success through mainstream games like football, rugby, netball and hockey ... but at Aylesbury High it is the ski team that is stealing the show.

The team of Anna Henderson, Megan Riley, Klara Hommel and Isobel East slalomed to a superb third place at the English Schools Ski Association National Championships in the Under 19 category.

And there was individual success for team skipper and Year 9 pupil Henderson as she took the honours in the National Champion Cup.

It capped a fantastic time for Henderson, who has again been selected for the British Ski Team for the upcoming season.

The championships are an annual competition where schools all over England send teams that compete in qualifiers in different venues around the country.

The fastest teams qualify for the national finals, which were held in Norwich.

Henderson was the fastest girl and hers and the rest of the team’s performances mean they qualified for the British Schools Championships in Wales next month.

The result left Aylesbury High School head Alan Rosen beaming.

He said: “We were particularly pleased because the team was in the under 19 category, which is the most senior, but we had girls from Year 7 competing for us so they were really performing beyond their years.

“Anna was particularly fantastic, getting the individual award as well.

“The team was just three-hundredths of a second away from second place so that just shows how close it was.”

While mainstream sports hog the limelight, Rosen said skiing takes a lot more effort on the part of the youngsters and their parents.

“It’s down to the school having an enthusiastic group and they also have to spend time training on snow throughout the year,” he added.

“The team is run by parents which is great and they deserve a big pat on the back too.

“It’s nice to have a range of sports and it shows people if you are interested in something you can pursue it.

“We’re very proud of all the girls and we look forward to seeing them go on to more success in the future.”

With the Olympics such a resounding success, perhaps the school could have a future Winter Olympian in its midst?

“Who knows, there may well be!” Rosen said.