Students from Ballard School in New Milton have won a major National Ski Championship hosted by the Independent Schools Association.
A group of five students from Ballard’s Ski Squad represented the school at the ISA Indoor Skiing National Open Championship in Hemel Hempstead. The team comprised of Sophie Stocker, Anastasia Stocker, George Williams, Morgan Welbourne-Jones and Dominic Harrington, showed impeccable technique and speed, flying down the slopes at the indoor competition.
Over the years, Ballard School has built a reputation for nurturing young talent and encouraging students to develop extracurricular skills alongside their academic growth. The Ballard Ski team put in an outstanding performance at The Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre, winning both group and individual competitions.
The Ballard team were outstanding, winning both the Senior Open mixed team competition (16 points clear of the second placed school) and the Closed Event (ISA Schools only) mixed team competition by 24 points. There was individual success too for Sophie who won the U14s Special Slalom event and Ana who came 2nd in the U16 Girls’ Special Slalom event. George came 5th in the U16 Boy’s Special Slalom but it was all the points scored by the team that gained them such an emphatic win.
Alastair Reid, Ballard School Headmaster, said:
“As a school on the south coast of England nestled between the Solent and the New Forest and with a strong reputation in team sports such as hockey, football and netball, it’s wonderful also to note such triumphs in Alpine sports alongside our regular successes on water and on Astro! Some of these young people are already National skiers and we look forward to seeing them compete in the Winter Olympics before long”.
Ballard School is an award-winning, independent, non-selective, co-educational day school for children aged 2-16 years. For more information, please visit www.ballardschool.co.uk.