SKI-racer, Cameron Thomas added two further medals to his already impressive total over the weekend by winning two National Championship titles.
Already with an outstanding 14 podiums out of 16 races since April, Thomas, 14 from Brixham, raced to victory at the Welsh National and Welsh Open Championships in Pontypool against more than 50 competitors.
With two different courses on each day and both having to be completed in the fastest time possible, Thomas’ strength shone through.
He not only won comfortably in the U16s, but his times would have also won in the U18s on both days.
Overall, the Torbay Alpine Ski Club racer was fourth-placed male on Saturday, narrowing missing third by just 0.12 of a second. He was also fifth overall on Sunday, which was a huge achievement for someone so young.
“Being a Championship weekend, the courses were challenging – as they should be”, said Thomas. “Pontypool is a tough slope and the courses were set to make you think about your technique.
“Early turns were so important – and if you didn’t, you simply would not have made the course, which some racers didn’t.
“I was really pleased with my overall positions, since there were many of the top racers in the country competing.
“I feel that I am getting physically stronger in every race, having worked hard on my fitness – and it’s really starting to show in my skiing. Having times close to some of the seniors and be in the top five is just great!”
Thomas was also selected for the England A team in the knockout parallel slalom event on the Saturday, alongside three other senior racers. The team ended a commendable second place overall, with Thomas proud to be a part.
Also racing at Pontypool were Thomas’ sister, Kerry, 17 and Torquay brothers Harry and Louis Cawthorne.
After mixed fortunes in Saturday’s races, Harry, 13, looked set for a podium finish in the U-14s after a fine first run, putting him in a great second place.
A fall on the challenging second cost Harry dearly, with brother Louis, 12, who has just returned from injury, completing his run to take second place.
TASC Junior Race Chairman Nigel Simmons said: “This has been another outstanding season in the UK for Cameron, his talent and consistency has ensured that Torquay stays firmly on the national map alongside the bigger clubs.
“I am also really pleased to see Harry and Louis doing so well they have both worked very hard in training, Harry was desperately unlucky not to convert an impressive first run time into a medal.”