Ski Duo Hope for Slalom Success
Fifth Former guides visually impaired skier Darcy Werner at the British Alpine Skiing Championships.
Fifth Former Katherine Watson has temporarily put GCSE revision on hold to take part in the British Alpine Skiing Championships in Tignes, France (25th March – 1st April), where she will be guiding visually impaired skier Darcy Werner. The Championships feature some of the biggest names in Alpine Skiing and take place just weeks after Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe won gold in the women's visually-impaired slalom at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.
Darcy, 26, will be putting her chances of slalom success in 16-year-old Katherine’s hands as they work in partnership on the slopes, communicating changes in direction, speed and terrain via Bluetooth headsets. Darcy has approximately 10% vison; what a sighted person might spot at 60 metres away, she might only see at about six metres. The pair have been training together at the Milton Keynes Snozone since November, but this is the first time they will compete on real snow in both the slalom and giant slalom events.
Katherine, who took part in her first ski race aged eight, has enjoyed several school ski trips and is a keen sportswoman who has also represented Kimbolton at netball, hockey, tennis and equestrian events. She is currently successfully balancing the increased demands of ski training alongside her GCSE studies.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for us to train and compete with other British skiers and para athletes - including Charlotte Evans, who won gold in the women's Super-G at the Sochi Winter Olympics alongside Kelly Gallagher. We’ll be competing on the World Cup slalom course, so getting down the slopes smiling and enjoying the experience would be a great result!”