STUDENTS from a Hampshire school have performed well at a European ski competition.

A team of students from Hampshire Collegiate School in West Wellow took part in the Boarding Schools Association Artemis Pila schools ski challenge.

The competition took place in Pisa in Italy and the team were ranked as the highest newcomers in the competition and achieved the 21st position out of the 55 schools that took part.

This was the school’s first ever alpine race event and Niamh in year nine came fourth in the under fourteens category and Isla in year four achieved fifth place in the under ten girls category.

The ski event attracts skiers aged between seven to 17 years-old from across Europe with more than 500 young people taking part in this year’s competition.

A spokesperson from the school said: “All the hard work in training paid off with all skiers being hugely dedicated to pre-Pila race training at Snowtrax dry slope and getting ski-fit in the school fitness suite.

“It was a fitting end to a great season for the Hampshire Collegiate School ski race teams and the beginnings of the school’s freestyle training group.”

Headmaster Cliff Canning added: “We are immensely proud of our ski race team and their achievements, this being the first time that these students have come together to represent the school on the European ski circuit.

“As our winter sports season ends and we begin our Summer pursuits, we’re very much looking forward to our keelboats entering the water and our sailors competing in local keelboat challenges and the Round the Island race in June.”

Anyone interested in attending Hampshire Collegiate School can attend their upcoming open morning to find out more.

This will take place on May 9 from 9 am until 12 noon.

For further information, please visit or call the school’s main reception on 01794 512206