Whitgift Sixth Form skier reaches a new peak after receiving the national call-up.
Piers Bellman, who had never considered ski racing seriously until he came to Whitgift School, aged 11, took up the sport with Whitgift’s Outdoor Education co-curricular programme. Fast forward a few years and Piers was starting to win medals at the annual Independent School Ski & Snowboard Championships, at which the School participates annually in the French Alps. Piers was part of the team that won Whitgift’s first-ever medal at the competition, in 2012 - a bronze in the Giant Slalom. In the School’s most recent outing in the competition, in December 2015, Piers won silver in the individual U16 Giant Slalom, and gold with the Senior Giant Slalom Team.
In 2015, Piers and his brother, also a keen competitive skier, took part in the British Independent Schools Ski Racing, held at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, and achieved podium finishes. Piers won silver in the Senior category, narrowly missing out on gold by 0.04s.
2016 has seen Piers’ hard work and dedication pay off, with a call-up to the Welsh national team. One is put forward for this honour based on an indoor competitive points score of less than 90, registration to the national governing body, Snowsport Cymru Wales, and of course Welsh ancestry (in Piers’ case a grandparent).
The 17-year-old is looking forward to his first national competition at the Welsh Championship, in Champéry, in January.
Mr Ben Green, Head of the School’s Outdoor Education programme, commented, “Piers shows what can be achieved in life when an ambitious goal is followed up with hard work, dedication and a supportive environment. He should be immensely proud of the progress that he has made.”
Whitgift wishes Piers the best of luck for the competition and his future endeavours.
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux