West Hallam skiing siblings Justin and Ella Taylor-Tipton have been in stunning form to take honours at the British Freestyle Championships at Tignes in the French Alps.
Justin (14) took gold in the U16s rails category and a silver in the U16s slopestyle, while sister Ella (11) secured a bronze medal in the U12s slopestyle which also saw her become British champion.
The duo’s success in France complemented an excellent few months on the slopes of both the UK and Europe as they continue to make names for themselves in the sport.
Justin has been out in Austria and Switzerland competing and training every day with JT Freekski Academy and also competing in his first European Open at Laax in Switzerland where he saw lots of professionals in action and got key experience in big competition.
At the British Championships, he then gained medals in two of the three disciplines entered.
Justin said: “I entered the slopestyle, halfpipe and rails competitions. I did quite well in the slopestyle U16s getting a silver medal and placing fourth overall, but halfpipe didn’t go so well because I fell on both of my runs which was annoying as I’d been landing well in the practice runs.
“The rails was a different story though and I took the gold medal in the U16s and also won 20 Euros for best switch line.
“It was quite hard to compete some days because the weather was so bad but I still pushed through it and tried my best.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without the faith of my school, Kirk Hallam Academy, and all of my sponsors, the SnowCentre, Surfanic Technical Apparel, Stupid Clothing, Ellis Brighams Mountain Sports and The Rob George Foundation. And of course my parents and my coach, Joe Tyler.”
Ella, meanwhile, competed in Tignes on the week of her 11th birthday and explained how thrilled she was at taking her bronze medal.
She said: “I’m having the time of my life. I am over the moon to come back from Tignes with bronze medal.
“I competed in the U12s slopestyle and was a little shocked when my name was called out in third position, but I had given it my all and was full of joy to become British Champion in the same week as my birthday!
“It was the best present ever and I got to ski with my friends and train with the Bex and Webbo Camp.
“The weather could have been a lot better but I just fastened up and went for it. The conditions on slopestyle day were very windy so I had to push a lot and get low for speed.
“I’d like to thank my school, Scargill Juniors at West Hallam, and my sponsors, the Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead, as well as coaches Becky Bennett and James Webb and my parents for taking me!”