George a nat­u­ral on skis YOUNG ACHIEVER By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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