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Chislehurst student will compete in the English Alpine Championships

PUBLISHED: 12:58 13 February 2018

Diaco Abrishami has enjoyed a stellar start to the season. Picture: Diaco Abrishami

Diaco Abrishami has enjoyed a stellar start to the season. Picture: Diaco Abrishami

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A student from Chislehurst will be competing in the English Alpine Championships.

As a budding young skier, Diaco Abrishami looked to his father Behzad, who was in the national junior squads for Iran, for inspiration,

Now 15, the teenager has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, and will be going to the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy.

Despite having never competed on the Bormio slopes, Abrishami is confident he can carry his early season form into the competition.

The Eltham College pupil said: “I’ve never been to Bormio before, but have done the other races on the British circuit, so it should be good.

“I’ll be looking for the wins out there – it’s a pretty tough field so I’m going to have to go all out on the courses.

“I’ve only done one series this season so far – the Anglo-Scottish - and came away with a two slalom wins and a podium finish.

“It was a good start to the season.”

Held between February 11 and 16, the English Alpine Championships are organised by Snowsport England, the national governing body for snow sport in the country, who are responsible for growing participation in such sports through direct funding from Sport England.

They work closely with snow centres, artificial slopes and clubs around the country, as well as managing English squads and athletes across all snow sport disciplines.

Abrishami, who is part of the British Ski Academy, added: “My dad is from Iran, but I was born in England and he took me to the Bromley dry slope when I was young.

“I was about ten and he definitely had an influence – it was great to have that at an early age.

“I want to be on the World Cup tour one day and would like to compete at all major championships, and the Olympics.”

For this winter Olympics season, Snowsport England has launched ‘PyeongChang to Piste’ (www.pyeongchangtopiste.org.uk), featuring events and taster sessions run by various clubs and slopes throughout the country along with tailored downloadable resources for schools.

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