Dunecht girl Ella on a high at World School Ski Championship

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Dunecht girl, Ella Still, 14, came first for Scotland in the Slalom races in the 21st World Schools Ski Championships in Gressney, Italy.

Still finished as the first Scottish girl in both slalom races on Friday March 9 with an overall top 20 finish in a field of over 50 of the best European under 15 ski racers, many competing at international level.

In the Giant Slalom competition, Still came second for Scotland in both races.

The Scottish girls team finished in eighth place, and the Scottish boys team were a very commendable fifth.

Robert Gordon’s College pupil, Still, joined the 20 strong Scottish squad for some high altitude training in Pila, Italy last week before the Slalom and Giant Slalom events in Gressney.

Other countries competing in the event included Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, England and Ireland.

Ella is a member of the Alford-based team Gordon Skiers. The Club offers training to children between the ages of six and seventeen years utilising the dry slope at Alford and Aberdeen Snowsports Centre for autumn training and the Lecht resort for winter snow training.