Rising Solihull ski star Scott Johns secures place in Team GB for Swiss 2020 Youth Olympic Games - The Solihull Observer

Rising Solihull ski star Scott Johns secures place in Team GB for Swiss 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Solihull Editorial 19th Dec, 2019   0

A SUPER-talented sixteen-year-old skier from Solihull has been selected for Team GB in next month’s Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland.

Dorridge teenager Scott Johns has been selected to represent Great Britain in the team’s sole spot in Ski Cross in Lausanne, also known as the Olympic Capital, from Thursday, January 9 to Wednesday, January 22. He will be among 1,880 athletes competing from more than 70 countries.

Scott and his older brother Owen, have just had an excellent season travelling to Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Australia to compete against some of the best skiers in the world.

Scott’s father Kevin Johns, managing director of Prime Accountants Group in Homer Road, Solihull, which has offices in Coventry and Birmingham, is delighted.

He said: “The family are really happy for Scott and this selection is reward for his hard work and dedication this season. My older son Owen has always skied and Scott followed in his brother’s footsteps from a young age.

“We first took him to the Snowdome in Tamworth aged four. When he was eight, he competed in his first alpine race in Bormio, Italy, and has featured on numerous podiums ever since.

“Prime has supported Scott, and Owen, throughout their skiing careers and the whole team were over the moon when we told them about Scott’s selection and everyone wishes him the best of luck.”

Scott has long established himself as a promising talent in the sport, which was highlighted earlier this year when he became England alpine Super G champion.

Scott now competes in Ski Cross, which sees four skiers start at the same time and race over a one-kilometre course which tests all of the skiers’ skills, including turns of different types and sizes, along with jumps of varying size.

It’s in this discipline which he will compete at the Youth Olympics, in the Swiss French-speaking region of Vaud. The games will host 81 different events, across 16 disciplines in eight sports.

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