Palla, Guigonnet, Holmes, and Urquhart take honours at final NJC races in Tignes

Palla, Guigonnet, Holmes, and Urquhart take honours at final NJC races in Tignes

The final day of the Senior and Junior GB Alpine Championships saw big results for the next generation of British Alpine talent

In the Women’s Slalom races, Victoria Palla took the U21 International title ahead of the Swiss pair of Anina Zurbriggen and Marine Fatton with a time of 2:00.80 enough to hold top spot by a margin of 12 hundredths of a second from Zurbriggen in second. Switzerland also provided the top-2 positions on the U18 International podium through Annie Farqet and Lara Briguet, with Australia’s Phoebe Heaydon in third.

Palla’s result also saw her name on the Mappin Salver ahead of Gieslle Gorringe and Sophie Foster, while the British U18 SNSC Cup went to Charlotte Holmes with Amy Stokoe and Candice Bomberg joining her on the podium.

Reflecting on her GB Alpine Championships performances afterwards, Holmes said:

“I’m really happy. It’s never really about the trophies or the winning, it’s just skiing with my teammates and racing and having fun. Today’s ski conditions were really nice, and it’s just a really special event.”

Charlotte Holmes with the SNSC Cup, ahead of Amy Stokoe and Candice Bomberg

The Men’s competition saw an all-international U21 International podiu led by Canada’s Raphael Lessard, with Nathan Levecq of France and Luc Roduit of Switzerland in second and third. Frenchman Martin Christ took the U18 International win, with Britain’s Aidan Urquhart and Jack Upton in second and third positions.

The SCGB Salver went to Ed Guigonnet ahead of Robert Holmes and Ted Slade, while the British U18 Scottish Ski Club Quaich trophy saw Urquhart take victory with Upton in second and Toby Jennings in third spot.

Urquhart said:

“My racing today was pretty good, I was pretty happy with how I skied. Conditions were really good today. Making the top-30 on the first run was really, really helpful. I feel like I could have pushed it a bit more, but still I’m happy with the result.”

Aidan Urquhart wins the Scottish Ski Club Quaich with Jack Upton in second, and Toby Jennings third

The Men’s and Women’s British Combined victories went to Ed Guigonnet, who took the Aberdeen Millennium Trophy, and to Charlotte Holmes taking the Snowsports Scotland Trophy. Meanwhile the Inter-Club Patterson Trophy went to Evolution, who scored significant race points through Charlotte Holmes (U18), Lois Jackson (U21), Aidan Urquhart (U18), Robert Holmes (U21), and Kieran Woollley (U18).

Header Image: Charlotte Holmes at the GB Alpine Championships 2022

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