IAPS 2024



What a week! Eleven very lucky boys were fortunate enough to experience some of the best ski conditions that both I and Mrs Swift have experienced in a long time whilst away in Italy this week. The ski team were competing in the IAPS Ski Championships - the national level annual ski competition for all prep schools in the country, and the boys involved all did themselves very proud throughout the week and especially in their races.

Despite a small injury picked up by one of the boys and a touch of race anxiety to begin with from some, they all threw themselves into each race with courage and tons of energy. Bruern first came up against UCS school from Hampstead in the parallel slalom where the boys each raced side by side with their opponent in a downhill adrenaline battle around the gates and over the finish line. The boys absolutely smashed it and won 4 out of 5 of their races in this round! Unfortunately, a just slightly faster Westminster squad won 3 out of the 5 races in the following round to see us out of the parallel, but with heads held very high and happy.

On Thursday, each boy raced in either the 'Championship' competition, or the 'Plate' competition, where they each had 2 runs to aim to get their fastest individual time and add to a collective average as a team too. Bruno Tress initially qualified as 29th fastest time overall, but with a very speedy time of 37 seconds after his first run, found himself finishing at 11th overall in the whole competition - huge congratulations to Bruno!! Tom H, Lucas D and Luca T all gave their all in each race of the championship, whilst Rupert N, Luka M, Max M, Freddie D, Alex R, Jack B and Ben L all produced times to be very pleased with in the plate competition. Well done to all of you!

All boys showed some great developments in their skiing across the week and certainly built in confidence, skill, and bravery. It was a pleasure to be able to take the group away to represent the school and compete in what is becoming a bigger, well organised national competition.

Thank yous extend to Mrs Swift and Mr Burns as without their organisation and support this trip would not happen at all, let alone with as much fun and success that we have just read about.