SKI racer Cameron Thomas will be part of the England set-up this winter having had confirmation from Snowsport England that he is in the 11-man squad.
Thomas,15, was told unofficially last month he had made the cut following gruelling assessments at Loughborough University.
More athletes than ever before were invited to Loughborough, but this year the bar was raised on fitness levels, with all selected athletes also having shown a particular dedication and commitment to their sport.
Only now have the Thomas family in Brixham had it in black and white that Cameron will be a member of the squad, which was picked in performances in the English and British Championships in France last winter as well as the fitness tests.
Ian Findlay, talent development officer for Snowsport England, said physical conditioning was ‘imperative’ to make the step up to international competition.
“Cameron’s results show he is on the right path and I look forward to seeing his race results this coming winter,” said Findlay.
Slalom expert Thomas has stood on many podiums in recent years, and last season won the GBR Indoor and GBR Outdoor titles at U16 level.
Nigel Simmons, the junior race chairman of Torquay Alpine Ski Club, said: “This is an excellent reward for all the effort Cameron has put in over the last few years, racing all over the UK and Europe and getting the quality results that brought him to the attention of the selectors.
“His dedication to his training regime has been impressive and helped him a lot in the fitness tests.”
Thomas has recently returned from a 10-day training camp with the British Ski Academy in Zermatt, where he tried out new skis introduced due to changes in international regulations.
Said Thomas: “Conditions in Zermatt were great for training and adjusting to the new skis.
‘I’m really pleased to have been selected for the England Squad and have worked hard on my fitness generally, knowing that at junior level, it is a big step up in Alpine racing.
Even though fitness is crucial with regards to my skiing, I do really enjoy it and have some great support from Grant Churchward of Torbay TaeKwon-Do, Jon Ellery and Tom Cawston of Winners 2000 Gym and Kory Jamshidi who runs ‘Summer Pump’, Brixham-based outdoor circuit training sessions.
“They have all helped me enormously in terms of my fitness and regularly push me to my limit, so I hope that I can do them all proud looking ahead to next winter’s races.”