Daredevil skier Callum Welch bagged a slopestyle gold medal and finished in fourth place overall at a hotly-contested competition in France.
Welch, 16, was competing at the Brits event in Tignes for the third year and reached the finals of the ‘Bangers & Cash Rail Jam’ competition, before winning his age group in his preferred slopestyle discipline – narrowly missing out on an overall podium place.
“The event is most definitely a difficult event to win with so many competitors over a range of age categories,” said Welch.
“Once the finals for slopestyle got called out I found out that the majority of the finalists were also in my age category which made the possibility of winning slimmer.
“This didn’t alter my attitude as I just visualised my run and tried to have as much fun as possible whilst trying to put down the best run I could.
“When my name got called up as the winner of my category I just remember the feeling of happiness that my work had paid off.
“What made it even better is my friends and competitors congratulated me saying I had truly deserved it, which made me remember that freestyle skiing isn’t like other sports as hardly anyone is non-supportive of your achievements and everyone is just stoked to ride together on the beautiful mountains we have.”
Welch admits he is not sure what the future holds, but says he will continue to train hard at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead and see where this leads him.
“I’ll continue trying to learn new tricks in order to better my riding and get me ready for future competitions,” he said. “I think I’ll also look forward to just having a fun ski with my buddies!”