Ski team founder hon­oured by pupils

Pupils in club, founded just seven years ago, now com­pete at na­tional tour­na­ments

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - By Tom Herbert

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Shirley Stevens, cen­tre, sur­rounded by pupils past and present from Gay­hurst School who were hon­our­ing her for the con­tri­bu­tion she has made to skiing at the school A WOMAN has been recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to a school sports team.

Cur­rent and for­mer pupils and fam­ily gath­ered last week to hon­our Shirley Stevens at Gay­hurst School, in Ger­rards Cross, af­ter she helped form a skiing team that now com­petes na­tional tour­na­ments.

The school did not have a skiing team be­fore but just seven years af­ter it was launched, it took two teams to the Bri­tish

in Schools’ Skiing Cham­pi­onships at Les Houches, in Cha­monix, France.

Also for the first time three teams, in­clud­ing an un­der 11 girls’ squad, com­peted in the IAPS Satip­ski na­tional fi­nals at Hemel Hemp­stead.

More than 30 chil­dren regularly train at the Snow­dome dur­ing win­ter.

An­drew Sims, head­mas­ter of the in­de­pen­dent prepara­tory school, in Bull Lane, said: “The pri­mary rea­son for such suc­cess and in­ter­est has been the drive and in­spi­ra­tion of Shirley Stevens.

“Her self­less and en­tirely vol­un­tary com­mit­ment to Gay­hurst skiing, to­gether with her for­mi­da­ble skiing knowl­edge, has been re­mark­able.”

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