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Hampshire college scoops skiing gold

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The winning ski team from the Winchester college Credit: Matt Williams

Peter Symonds College are the first ever ski team to have won gold in a national ski competition.

The Winchester College won the mixed team category at the English Schools Ski Associatino National Championships Qualifiers held at Southampton Alpine Centre.

The Winchester College team were amongst 160 racers from 42 schools from across the south.

With a combined time of 67.22 seconds, the Symonds squad won the category as the fourth fastest team.

Coach Pam Hearsum said:

"There were some very strong individual performances from our team on a tricky course that saw alot of missed gates and disqualifications from other competitors - none of our team were disqualified!"

Tourists protest over ski arrest

Tourists have protested outside a French police station following the arrest of a ski instructor from Kent accused of teaching illegally, it has been reported.

The instructor, named as Alex Casey, 40, was arrested for allegedly giving beginners lessons in the resort of Megeve without the top qualification that France demands.

But angry demonstrators said the arrest is just the latest incident in an attempt to drive out foreign instructors from the country.

Casey is said to have been an instructor in the resort for more than a decade.

In France would-be ski instructors must undergo a tough race test following their training to be granted a licence to teach.

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Brighton skier is back on the slopes

After an injury so serious many thought her career would be over - Britain's best downhill skier is competing again, with her sights set on next year's Winter Olympics. Two years ago Chemmy Alcott from Brighton suffered multiple breaks to her leg.

But, this weekend the 30 year old is competing at the world championships in Austria. Earlier in the week she finished 24th in the super-G event to earn valuable points for Olympic qualification. Sally Simmonds caught up with Chemmy before she headed off to the Alps.

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