EDINBURGH skier Paul Henderson had by far the best Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships of his career as he clinched the overall junior title with another medal on Sunday.
The men’s National Junior Championship slalom race was contested in Tignes, France oand Henderson’s time of 1:35.10 minutes helped him claim bronze behind Robert Poth and Alex Barounos.
That result, in what is his weakest discipline, was also enough to seal the overall junior title for the first time.
The 21-year-old has had a spectacular week in the French Alps and after climbing the podium in six of his eight races – both senior and junior – he can barely believe his success.
“It’s great that I have been on the podium in every single race apart from two; it has been a great Championships,” said Henderson.
“This is definitely my best British Champs to date. Last year was good when I got three podiums but this year I’ve had six out of eight which is amazing.
“To have two titles as well in the junior Super-G and junior GS is awesome. All the work I’ve put in over the season has paid off.
“Most ski seasons have a lot of bad races and sometimes not very much good, so for it all to come together here is great.
“In previous years I would have been skiing well then come to the British Champs and not perform. But I was happy with last year and then this year has been absolutely amazing.”
The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships run until April 1 and are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world – with Delancey as the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.
By his own admission, Henderson is not particularly strong in the slalom but almost overhauled Barounos on run two, in what was a role reversal from Saturday’s giant slalom.
“I managed to claw back a lot of time on Alex on the second run. It was sort of the opposite of Saturday when I was a long way ahead and he caught up loads of time,” added Henderson.
“It was a tight race and then only three-hundredths of a second in it but to get third in a discipline that isn’t my strongest is good.”
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