A TEENAGER from Malpas is eyeing a place in Great Britain's full-time ski squad after starring on the French Alps.
Piers Lomax returned from the British Schoolboys Ski Championships in Menuires, France, with a clutch of medals.
The 17-year-old captained his boarding school, Millfield in Somerset, to victory in the overall team section and the dual slalom.
Competing in the 15 to 18-year-old category, he also won both the junior slalom and junior giant slalom race and was overall junior champion.
'This year everything came together and I managed to keep runs together and ski well,' said Piers. 'Last year we had one of the strongest teams at the event, but we didn't do as well. This year we just pulled together and skied well.'
Piers is already a member of Britain's part-time squad, but if he continues to do well this season he could go full-time.
'This season will be the crucial, deciding point for me,' he said. 'I can choose whether to go full-time with the British team next year, or whether to go to university. It really depends on my races over Easter and how the rest of the season goes.
'At the moment I'm in the part-time team, but if I ski well enough I can go full-time.'
Piers started skiing at the age of eight and began racing competitively when he was 12.
A pupil at Chester's King's School from the age of 11 to 17, Piers is now a sixth-form student at Millfield where he is doing A-levels in Spanish, French and Philosophy.
Last year he was selected for the England Alpine ski squad.