Baldwin is a star of the slopes
Three Norfolk skiers have returned triumphant from the recent British Senior, Junior and Children's championships. The event was held on the 1992 Olympic race pistes in Meribel-Motterat, France.
Three Norfolk skiers have returned triumphant from the recent British Senior, Junior and Children's championships.
The event was held on the 1992 Olympic race pistes in Meribel-Motterat, France.
During the first few days, 16-year-old TJ Baldwin won the Junior 1 (U-17) category in four events.
Day one saw Baldwin win both the Senior and Junior Downhill races. On day two, Baldwin raced in the Senior Super G and was first in the J1 category and he also took the U-18 trophy.
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Over the next four days, he raced in both the Senior and Junior Slalom and Giant Slalom races, but had a string of bad luck, crashing out in three of these events. However, in the Junior Slalom he did ski into second place in J1, despite falling on his second run.
But he saved his best performance until last. On the testing Junior Super G course, Baldwin stormed the course in a time of 1min 17.37 sec. He won the International prize, the British Overall Junior (U-21) and the British Junior 1(U-17) trophies.
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Baldwin said: "I'm really pleased with my FIS world ranking points from all four of the Downhill and Super G races, as they qualify me for selection to the full time GB team."
The first place in the Super G and the second place in the Slalom also gave Baldwin second place in the Junior overall combined standings.
Two days later, he won the Scottish Giant Slalom championships in his age group, and finished third overall, scoring his best FIS points result of the season.
There was more success for two younger Norfolk skiers in France.
Megan Jenkins (9) won her age group (Girls 1) in both Boys & Girls races (8-11 yrs). She stormed to victory in the Combi race, and although the next day was much closer, Megan still managed to take her second British title and win by 0.64 sec.
Twelve-year-old Alice Baldwin, TJ's sister, also came away with a British title. She took second place in the Super G Children 1 age group (U13) to ensure she was part of the BSA team that won the British Children 1 Club team trophy.
All three racers are members of the Norfolk Ski Club race team. Other race team members who competed at the championships were: Simon Beckett (16), Harriet Steggles (15), Claire Wheatman (15), Tom Jarroldd (14), Max Wheatman (13), Nia Jenkins (11) & Marcus Williams (10).