TORQUAY Alpine Ski Club racer Cameron Thomas had difficult conditions to contend with in his first slaloms of the season – and his first FIS competitions as a junior.
Having left for his training base at the British Ski Academy in France last week, Thomas only had three days training before his first race in the Chamonix Night Slalom on Sunday.
Following a knee injury last winter which meant a much shorter season, Thomas has worked hard on his fitness and felt much stronger during his training.
Along with many other new junior racers, Thomas had to start at the very back of the pack.
Conditions were difficult with soft snow, which made the course very rutted.
It wasn’t to be on either race day for Thomas, with nerves showing on both first runs but with some good skiing on the second runs until he straddled close to home.
Thomas is learning all the time and knows that more training and race experience is now what is needed.
“It is tough starting at the back of the field when the courses are really rutted, but that is what I have to do to get my points down,” said Thomas.
“It is just the beginning – and while I feel much stronger, the nerves got to me on both first runs.
“I skied well for most of the second – so lots to think about and focus on before my next races.”