21 January 2019
The Burgess Hill Girls junior and senior ski teams have returned to Sussex with a clutch of medals after taking part in this year’s Independent School Ski and Snowboard Championships (ISSC).
Held in the French Alpine ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, the six-day competition attracted over 400 competitors from more than 20 British schools.
The 19-strong Burgess Hill Girls teams – the largest ever – competed in the individual slalom and giant slalom. There were two wins in a single family when 16-year-old Annabel Hogbin took gold in the under-16 individual girls giant slalom while her sister, Georgina, 10, achieved gold in the same event in the under-10 age group. Ten-year-old Emily Meyer brought home silver in the giant slalom and slalom while Eve Sandman took bronze in the under-12 individual slalom.
The school’s junior team claimed gold in both the junior giant slalom and slalom events while the senior team achieved a very creditable silver in the giant slalom.
Some of the girls will be representing the school at the British Schoolgirls Ski Championships in Flaine, also in the French Alps, later this month.
Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said: ‘We love to see our girls succeeding at the highest level in a host of activities which take place outside the classroom – where a lot of extremely important learning takes place. They were competing against some of the most talented young skiers in the country and showed that they’ve got what it takes to succeed. Huge congratulations to our individual and team winners.’
Picture caption: members of the triumphant Burgess Hill Girls junior and senior ski teams in Les Deux Alpes, including Georgina Hogbin (second left, front) and Emily Meyer (third left, front).