Ski team founder honoured by pupils
Pupils in club, founded just seven years ago, now compete at national tournaments
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.”