George a natural on skis YOUNG ACHIEVER By JUSTIN JENVEY
GEORGE Walker wasn’t long walking before he learnt to ski and there’s nothing more the Bright youngster would rather do than carve his way down the moutain.
The eight year-old has raced for an numebr of years now and this season achieved his best ever results at both the Victorian and Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships.
A member of the Bright College Snowsports Team, George’s love of the snow derives from his father Ross who was a ski patroller at Mt Hotham for five seasons from 1997-2001.
“I like racing with my friends and just the feel of competition, I like the feeling of trying to win,” George said.
“I have been skiing since I was one and a half and started racing with the school program when I was five.”
At this year’s Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships in late August, George finished 7th in the Giant Slalom and 8th in Ski Cross to earn a place at the Australian interschools competition.
Held at Mt Buller in the first week of September, George was 10th in the GS and 17th in his age group in Ski Cross.
Also racing at Mt Hotham throughout winter, the grade two student helped Bright win the annual Milne Shield against Myrtleford while collecting trophies as overall team cham- pion and for finishing with the most alpine racing points.
Ross Walker said George was quickly catching up to him on the slopes.
“You pull up at the bottom and expect to wait a little bit but he’s right there,” he said.
“Skiing has really changed for me in terms of the enjoy- ment I get from skiing with the kids.
“George can ski everything that we ski now so you ski a day as you normally would.”
Ross said the Bright College Snowpsorts Team was a great program to be involved in.
“The Bright school program is awesome, it gets the kids out skiing and enjoying it,” he said.
“I never raced so I don’t know all the intricacies of the sport but George did some lessons with one of the Hotham ski instructors this year and got a lot out of it.”
Next year George said he will compete in moguls, a discipline he thinks he will be better suited to.
“You have to be heavy for Giant Slalom, a lot of the kids that beat me at nationals were a lot bigger than me,” George said.
“I think I’m going to be best at moguls and I’m going to race moguls next year.
“I got to do the moguls at the interschool trials and came second.”
The youngster said he had his mum, dad and grandparents to thank for his skiing along with family friend, Mark Frost who waxes and buffs his skis regularly.
WINTER TALENT: Bright’s George Walker has had a busy winter competing at Mt Hotham and in interschool races at Mt Buller.