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BRITISH SCHOOLGIRLS RACES BACK IN FLAINE

The series of races that are seen as key in the development of young female ski racers, return to the French resort this week.

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This year marks the 61st edition of The British Schoolgirls Races, run by the Ladies Ski Club.

More than 150 skiers from 54 school teams take part in two days of races on 27th and 28th January.

Four of the schools will be competing at the event for the first time.

The racing includes a Giant Slalom, Slalom and a fun Parallel Team Slalom.

The two-day event is open to skiers who are new to racing, as well as those who are already racing competitively.

All UK schools are entitled to enter pupils in a range of groups, including under 14s, under 16s and under 18s.

Historically the British Schoolgirls Races have been a breeding ground for young British talent, with Olympian Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans being previous competitors.

The organisers say the event plays a vital role in giving aspiring young female racers the chance to be part of well-organised on-snow races, which is important for growing confidence and providing competitive experience.

British Schoolgirls Races 2019

British Schoolgirls Races 2019 – photo Ladies Ski Club

The races are sponsored by the ski insurance specialist, MPI Brokers.

“MPI is once again pleased to be involved as a major sponsor in this prestigious ski event now in its 61st year,” said MPI MD,  Michael Pettifer.

“I will be there for MPI in its 11th year of sponsorship and providing the usual warming Vin Chaud for parents and teachers.”

This year the British Schoolgirls Races have, for the first time, teamed up with Myeloma UK, which is the official charity of the event.

It is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with the blood cancer myeloma and related conditions and seeking to find a cure.

Schools are helping raise funds for the charity through their entry fee and a raffle.

The races are sponsored by Vision in Education, JDX, MPI Brokers, Ski Club of Great Britain and Erna Low.

“We are delighted that once again we can return to Flaine to run the British Schoolgirls Races, which wouldn’t happen without the support of our sponsors,” said the organiser, Anne Taylor.

“We thank all the schools, teachers and racers who make this event what it is, bringing enthusiasm and a positive spirit to the slopes.”

Competitors at the 2019 British Schoolgirls Races in Flaine

The 2019 British Schoolgirls Races in Flaine

The full programme for the British Schoolgirls Races 2020 and more information can be found on www.britishschoolgirlsraces.co.uk.

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