(Images by Jack Buller)
By Ben Court
The second day of Sheffield Winter Varsity was forced to be rescheduled after officials deemed weather conditions too dangerous to compete in.
About 600 students from both universities travelled to Tignes in the French Alps to compete and support at the ‘Ashes to Alps’ competition.
The score stands at 1-1 after the racing events on day one, but the freestyle competition is still undecided.
Ali Miles, Race Captain for the University of Sheffield Ski Team, Sheffski, said: “We were able to put forward possibly our strongest team to date, and with the added change of having mixed gender teams, this was the most exciting win for the race team yet!”
A provisional date of 12 April has been set to complete the competition at the Xscape complex in Castleford, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Sheffski Captain David Murdoch stresses that rescheduling the competition could be viewed as a blessing in disguise: “With freestyle varsity being cancelled in France, we can now bring the event to the majority of students in Sheffield.
“I’m very excited for the freestyle event to he held at Castleford and secure the second Varsity point available for Sheffski”
Joshua Nimmins, Captain of Sheffield Hallam Snow Sports Club, SHU Snow, also see’s the positives.
He said: “Although it will be much less spectacular than hosting varsity in Tignes, it will give university snow sports great exposure.
“It will also be a fantastic advert for where snow sports have come in Sheffield since the burning of the ski village in 2012.”
Sheffield Varsity week officially starts on 13 April and will conclude one week later on 20 April where the ice hockey first teams will compete at Sheffield Arena.