Kirsten reaps rewards with first outdoor victory in Alpine slalom

Brighouse skier Kirsten Walton
Brighouse skier Kirsten Walton

A Brighouse skier has scooped her first outdoor title in the Welsh Alpine championships.

Kirsten Walton, a Rastrick High School pupil who trains with the Lions Ski Club in Castleford and Manchester Ski Club, returned from Switzerland having won the under 14 girls slalom.

Having won and finished on the podium on numerous occasions at indoor events, this was the 14-year-old’s first outdoor victory and came up against more experienced skiers who train regularly on outdoor slopes.

In the giant slalom, her weakest event she finished 4th.

Dad Ken said: “This result is great for Kirsten who competes against girls who go to school out in resorts, where they can train on mountains every day.

“She has between four and six hours, a week on snow plus her gym work to do.

“The Winter Olympics are a great inspiration for Kirsten and with hard work and commitment you never know. Local winter sport athletes inspire her to train hard.”

Kirsten also competed in the Anglo Scottish championships in Les Houches France in January where she came fifth in one race.

In her second race, she was placed third after her first run but had a spill in her second when her ski came off.

Along with other local skiers at the Lions ski club, Kirsten is preparing for the English championships in Bormio on February 16-20 and the schools races in Les Houches in March.

Coach Andrew Horjt said: “Kirsten is a fantastic kid and a credit to Lions Ski Club. She has worked hard in training and deserves all the success she is getting. We are all really proud of her.”