Skiing to success

Alex Scarborough, previously at Freemantles School near Woking, will be representing Great Britain at the 11th Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, Austria in March. He will compete in the Alpine Skiing category in both slalom and Super G. Alex has been skiing since the age of 10 when he went on a school trip and was instantly hooked. He trains once a week on the dry slope at Alpine Snowsports Aldershot and goes on family ski trips every year, visiting Italy, France, Germany, Austria or as he says ‘wherever there is good snow!’ Alex is going on the College ski trip to Fiesch in Switzerland in half term, as he did last year, and hopes this year will be just as much fun. The College ski trip is just one of many opportunities to travel on offer at Alton College - trips, visits and exchange programmes are a key part of student life. Alex has been to National finals before and is really excited to be given the chance to be competing on the world stage. He admitted ‘I am a little bit nervous, but I am extremely focussed and will channel my nervous energy into racing to the best of my ability. I love skiing as there are no limits and it is such an adrenalin rush.’ He added ‘I am extremely proud to be representing my country and hope to have the chance to do it again in the future.’ Alex is currently studying Business and IT at College and plans to continue skiing after College and to hopefully take on his father’s waste and recycling business in the future.

Good luck to Alex, we look forward to following his progress at the World Winter Games.

Other Alton College alumni Olympic medal winners include boccia player David Smith. Read his story here.

Find out more about all the extra curricular activities and trips on offer at Alton College here.