SKIING: British Under 18s title for Maxine Hancock

Maxine Hancock (centre) on the winner's podium
Maxine Hancock (centre) on the winner's podium
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Rugby High School girls seeking support towards Olympic ambitions

Rugby High School girl Maxine Hancock, 16, finished her indoor snow skiing season in style this weekend, at Manchester Chill Factore with a win in the under 18 female class of the British Alpine Indoor Championship. She was also fourth woman overall.

Maxine has slalom raced this season in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and even Belgium, in her pursuit of gaining sponsorship to further her ski racing in the alps next season. She achieved an overall placing of third in both the English and GBR championships in her age group.

Maxine started skiing when she was four and joined the Midland Ski Club in Birmingham a couple of years later. She has been racing competitively since she was nine, securing her first podium place at under 10s level.

Two years ago she switched from ‘plastic’ surfaces to real snow, joining the Milton Keynes races club and training weekly at the indoor snow centre there.

Maxine’s ambition is to compete in FIS World Cup races and Olympics - but can only achieve that with experience of training on mountains, where, although the skills are the same, courses could have 60 gates instead of the maximum 14 indoors, requiring a far greater level of stamina.

Although she has enjoyed mountain skiing on family holidays and two training camps, Maxine knows she would benefit from specialised ski camps, which her rivals undertake, but are very expensive. She would be very grateful for any support in pursuit of her dream.

An ‘A’level PE student, she already has excellent techinique and trains very hard, even taking up dancing classes to help improve her endurance and agility.