Ski Racer from the South West of England

Thomas national champ at U16 after winning GBR indoor series

Cameron Thomas at National Championships

Cameron Thomas at National Championships

SKI racer Cameron Thomas clinched his second national title in a week when he sped to victory in the final round of the GBR Indoor Series.

Thomas, who is (14) and lives in Brixham, took the GBR Outdoor Series crown in Manchester seven days earlier.

The Torquay Alpine Ski Club racer was joint top of the U16 standings with great rival Callum Begg from Telford going into the deciding round held in Braehead, Glasgow

It proved a battle to the end on straight rather than technical courses, which were set with speed in mind.

Begg had an excellent first run but Thomas responded in defiant style with a faster second run to beat Begg into second place by 0.17 of a second overall

Thomas still needed a podium finish on day two to win the series as only a tenth of a second separated the top three.

Thomas was pipped into second place by a Manchester racer by three hundredths of a second, but had done enough to finish ahead of Begg and win the title.

Across all the age groups – adults included – Thomas was eighth.

Following his win, Thomas said, “It has been a great series and I am really happy with my racing overall.

“Every fraction of a second counts, even more so in the older categories, so I am pleased to have had several top-10 positions in both Series against top racers from all over the country.

“These races were a challenge, since there are not that many competing on artificial surfaces and indoor snow.

“I was up against more varied competition at each of the venues and it was an opportunity for me to test my ability on some really challenging courses.

“I have been working very hard on my fitness over the past year which is also starting to pay off.”

After a period training in France over the summer with the British Ski Academy, Thomas will resume his racing in September at the English/Welsh and British Championships.

Nigel Simmons, the junior section race chairman at TASC, said Thomas had put then effort in and got what he deserved.

“These results prove the high quality of Cameron’s skiing whatever the surface might be,” said Simmons.

“His dedication, commitment and consistency over the six GBR weekends spread all over the UK have made him a great ambassador for the club this season.”