British Ski and Snowboard are pleased to announce the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team for the 2016/17 season. As we get closer to the start of the Olympic qualification period, 13 Senior athletes, 18 Under-21 athletes and 11 Under-18 athletes will make up the 42-strong Delancey British Alpine Ski Team.
Leading the charge is Slalom specialist Dave Ryding (29, Lancashire) who stamped his mark on the World Cup Circuit last season, finishing the season ranked 22nd in the world for Slalom. He also hit a milestone by qualifying for the World Cup Finals in St Moritz, where he finished in an amazing 15th position. Jack Gower (21, Chichester), had another great season on the North American circuit, taking a milestone win in a FIS race at the US National Championships in Sun Valley, claiming himself 9 FIS points and he also secured an overall ranking of 41st on the Nor-Am circuit.
Alex Tilley (22, Aberdeenshire) will be another one to watch for the 2016/17 season. After a breakthrough season where she claimed a 19th place finish in the World Cup GS in Lienz, Tilley is working with coach Noel Baxter to become a consistent World Cup athlete. Tilley’s teammate, Charlie Guest (22, Perthshire) had a strong end to last winter season, with some good Slalom finishes, including 32nd in the World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek and claiming the Delancey British National Slalom title. Cara Brown (22, London) who was crowned the overall Delancey British Alpine Champion in March, has just under gone knee surgery, so will have a season of getting back to full fitness over the summer and back on the race skis by the start of the winter.
Joining them on the Senior Team are Jai Geyer (26, Devon) and Roy Steudle (22, Sunningdale) who were on the Senior Team last year, and three male athletes who have moved up from the Under 21 team; Max Baggio (20 Harpenden), Graeme Price (20, Argyll) and Alex Barounos (20). The final two female members of the Senior team are Nicole Ritchie (20, Glasgow) and Alice MacAulay (21, Surrey).
In the Under 21 and Under 18 Delancey British Alpine Ski Teams, there continues to be abundance of talent, including Charlie Raposo, who claimed an overall ranking of 84th (38th in Slalom) in the Nor-Am circuit.
In total, 29 Under 21 and Under 18 athletes will be looking to make their mark on the international scene. Scottish athletes include Euan Kick, Ella Still, Fraser Middleton, Iain Innes, Kirsty Guest, Zak Vinter, and Kieran Troup. For full list of athletes and more information visit the British Ski and Snowboard website.
The British Alpine Ski Teams are backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company, who support the teams and athletes, as well as help subsidise a British Ski and Snowboard programme for several senior athletes.
Alex Tilley, Vanessa Fry Photography