The Rydal Penrhos skier carving a name for himself

Xavier Poynton has been coached by four-time British Ski Champion, Cara Brown

A Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School skier has defied his age to achieve a pair of podium finishes at two prestigious national competitions.

Xavier Poynton, a Year 3 pupil, enhanced his reputation as one of the brightest young skiers anywhere in the country at both the Anglo-Welsh Indoor Championships and the British Indoor Championships, which took place earlier this month.

Prior to the competitions, Xavier attended the Ambition Racing Summer Camp, where he was coached by Cara Brown, a four-time British Ski Champion and Britain’s number one Super G and Downhill skier.

Cara said: “Xav has all the qualities required to be a brilliant ski racer: hard work, determination and the will to go as fast as possible. It’s always a pleasure to coach him – his understanding of technique at such a young age makes it very easy. I look forward to see where he goes in the future.”

After a gruelling five days at the camp, Xavier managed to secure third spot overall and first Welsh boy at the Anglo-Welsh Indoor Championships, despite being one of the youngest competitors at the event.

The seven year old continued his week with another medal-winning effort at the British Indoor Championships the following day, where he finished third in the U10 Boys’ category.