Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snow Better Feeling Than Being Champ, Says Farren; SKIING SPECIAL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snow Better Feeling Than Being Champ, Says Farren; SKIING SPECIAL

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GOSFORTH skiing sensation Rory Farren admitted he was overwhelmed by his success after becoming an English alpine champion for the very first time.

The 17-year-old Gateshead Sports Academy pupil scooped the top under-18 Brit award on the first day of the English Alpine Championships in Bormio.

With 400 of the country's best alpine skiers descending upon the Italian resort for the 20th running of the competition, Farren proved his burgeoning sports career is going anywhere but downhill.

An excellent first run on the fearsome Stelvio piste paved the way for Farren - who trains with the British Ski Academy - and he held off the challenge of Daniel Barton to claim the English slalom crown by just 0.38 seconds.

He said:"I was very happy with how I skied.

"I am still working on that pressure on my outside ski above the gate and the second run was a little shaky towards the bottom - but my first run time held me up where I was.

"To be able to call myself an English champion is brilliant.

"I am overwhelmed to be honest as this is only my second appearance at the English Alpine Championships.

"This is the first time I have won. My first year was at under-16 level as I came into racing pretty late.

"I used to do a lot of indoor races like the English and British Indoors but I feel like I have found my feet at this level now.

"I am just trying to catch all my teammates up at the moment as they have been racing a lot longer but we all push each other and it forces us all to become better."

The English Alpine Championships, organised by national governing body Snowsport England, help provide an early glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.

After claiming his first English national title in the slalom event, Farren was then unlucky to see the giant slalom race halted by fog as he was sat in a good position. However, he still finished the week as the top-ranked overall English under-18 skier and, despite crashing out of the final Super G race, reflected on a job well done during the week. …

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