International Recognition for Ophelia!

Congratulations to Ophelia on her selection for the English Alpine Under 18 FIS Ski Squad, due to the fine season she had last year, consistently finishing in the top three in the FIS races.

Ophelia started skiing when she was just three years old and began racing when she was seven: at twelve years old she was selected for the English Alpine team and then represented England again at Under 14 level. Two years ago, she represented GB at the Youth International FIS races held in the Czech Republic which she says was an exhilarating, incredible and unforgettable experience.

She normally trains in the Alps for about eleven weeks a year, and although this often means missing part of the Lent Term Ophelia has found that with the support of her teachers she is able to balance not only her academic work – she is following the IB Diploma programme and is hoping to go to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences – but also her other sports (she is a serious triathlete and distance runner). The Wellington Sports Department, alongside the British Ski Academy, is playing its part in facilitating Ophelia’s progression into the senior ranks by helping her follow her demanding Strength and Conditioning programme in the Wellington Health and Fitness Centre.

We wish her the best of luck for the coming season and are keeping our fingers crossed that as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted she will be racing back to the slopes and setting new records.

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