Alex selected for GB

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Torphins skier Alex Tilley has been selected to represent Great Britain at the FIS World Junior Ski Championships.

The 18-year-old will race against skiers representing more than 60 countries. Many of these athletes will go onto compete at World Cup level which is ultimately Alex’s goal.

Alex’s selection follows some strong performances around the world this season that have seen her move into second place in the overall GB rankings behind the long standing GB number one Chemmy Alcott, who is currently performing on ITV show ‘Dancing on Ice’ as part of her recuperation programme from a horrific leg break.

The 2012 World Junior Ski Championship will be held in Roccaraso, Italy 29th February to 9th March and will be covered by Eurosport.

Alex will be joined by GB junior team mates Charlie Guest from Scotland and Ashley Hill, Jack Gower from England.

This is the second time that Alex has been selected to represent GB at these championships where she expects to compete in all 4 alpine disciplines: Slalom (SL), Giant Slalom (GS), Super Giant Slalom (SG) and Downhill (DH).

Alex’s main goal will be to make the top 30 cut in the technical disciplines and to improve on her SG penalty FIS Points.

Alex is currently based in Schuttdorf, Austria where she trains with the GB junior team and races throughout Europe.

She competed last week in the 2012 English Alpine Championship in Bormio, Italy in the SG/GS and Slalom.

Refusing to hold anything back and continually challenging her own limits Alex paid the price in the SG where she experienced the biggest crash in her career to date. She was fortunate to emerge unhurt.

There was further disappointment in the GS, her strongest discipline this year, where she failed to complete the first run, however, Alex made amends the following day by coming back from 0.4 secs down after the first run of the Slalom to win by 0.2 secs.

Alex was the only GB athlete to stand on top of the international podium at this championship.

Following the 2012 World Junior Alpine Championship Alex will continue to train and race in Europe before travelling to Meribel, France at the end of March to compete in the 2012 British Alpine Championships.

Alex says that her goal at these championships will be to lift the title of overall GB ladies champion.

Alex is a member of the local alpine ski race club The Gordon Skiers, who have helped to nurture several members of the GB Alpine Teams and one Olympian to date. The Gordon skiers train locally at the Alford Ski Centre and at the Lecht.

Alex would like to thank Deeside Mineral Water, The Rotary Club of Banchory St Ternan and the Ladies Ski Club for their support during the season.

Alex would also like to thank ski equipment manufacturer Atomic whose skis have been instrumental to her development and success over several years now.

Alex is currently interested to hear from anyone who may be interested in supporting her on her journey towards the 2014 Winter Olympics and beyond, email: skitilley@aol.com for more information.