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Downhill racer in top place

Posted on May 20 2013 at 10:06:27

Siena Horton

You wouldn’t immediately associate Barnt Green with skiing, yet ten-year-old Siena Horton is making a real impression in the ski-racing world.

She is currently at the top of the leaderboard of the Great Britain Racing (GBR) Indoor Series, with three races to go.

Siena, the daughter of Anna and grand-daughter of Tony at Tony’s Handyman, Barnt Green, has been skiing since she was two years old – because her mum and dad Nick love skiing – but hadn’t tried racing until Easter last year.

“While we were in Chamonix, Siena asked if she could have a go at racing so she had a taster session at the British Ski Academy based in Les Houches and tried slalom and giant slalom,” says Anna.

“We were advised to start her on the indoor circuit and she joined Milton Keynes Race Team and took to it really well.”

Throughout this season Siena has had several weeks’ training at the British Ski Academy and entered the British National Championships in Meribel this Easter where she came 7th in the under-12 age group, but was first in her birth year. 

Since returning, Nick entered her into the GBR Indoor Series and she won Race 1, held in Milton Keynes.  Races 2 and 3 were held in Manchester where she was 3rd and again 1st. 

She is now in first place overall with races in Glasgow this month and two in Manchester in July. “I’ve really enjoyed my racing this year and hope to do well in the remaining indoor races,” Siena told The Village.

“I’ve learnt a lot from these. I can’t wait to go to Zermatt this summer to train with the British Ski Academy for two weeks.”

Above: Siena in action in Meribel and (right) with a trophy.

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