Torphins teen to ski for team GB

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DEESIDE teenage skier Alex Tilley has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Junior Alpine Championships.

The 17-year-old from Torphins is one of only three GB Junior athletes who met the selection criteria.

Alex, who is currently training in Austria with the GB Junior and Senior Teams says she is is ‘over the moon’ with the selection.

This will be her biggest stage to date and these championships are normally televised by Eurosport.

The World Junior Championship will be held in Crans Montana, Switzerland on February 2 and 3, where the world’s best alpine skiers will be competing in two technical events: Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Some of the Juniors are already competing at the highest level in the sport - World Cup level - so competition will be fierce and to a very high standard.

Alex began skiing at the age of 8 with local alpine club the Gordon Skiers and trained regularly with the club at Alford Ski Centre and the Lecht.

Alex progressed into the GB Children’s Team, GB Youth Team, Scottish Team and latterly the GB Junior Team.

She is currently the overall GB U18 champion and completed the Junior 1 category as the best ranked Junior 1 female in all 4 disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill.

Like her next door neighbour Jan Kochalski, who is part of the GB Senior Team, Alex is still a member of the Gordon Skiers as are several others who have made it to the top in alpine skiing.

Roger Cruickshank, local 2006 Turin Olympian, also learned to ski at Alford Ski Centre.

Meanwhile Alex was disappointed to hear of the possible closure of the Alford Ski centre by Aberdeenshire Council.

For more on the future of the Alford ski slope see story on page 38.