The continuing adventures of Harry Spavin

04 October 2016

After travelling 6,000 miles to get to Akita, Japan for the World University games we arrived at the site Tuesday AM for practise to see the site suffering from  the aftermath of a typhoon with 35 mph winds and horizontal rain – not quite what we would have liked to see on the first day.

The site is a scenic lake/canal that is part of the irrigation system for the local rice fields, so the water level fluctuates daily with the irrigation demands. When it is high water, the lake is extremely washy and also catches the prevailing tail wind we knew from the "off", that this would be a tough site to ski and conditions would vary for each skier so "getting the luck of the draw", seemed to be on everyone’s mind and the practise session confirmed ours, and everyone else’s thoughts – this is going to be tricky.

The slalom preliminary round was very washy and unpredictable, several top seeds failed to make the cut for the finals. Harry was placed 6th in the preliminary, with one buoy short of his Personal Best – very robust performance. Harry got the last place into the final at number 12 – phew; the jump was far from ideal with a gusting tail wind of 15 to 25 mph – a jumpers nightmare. Two skiers crashed, luckily with no serious injury - Harry was placed 6th in the jump preliminary, with what we initially thought was a modest score of 51m, but this proved to be very competitive for the conditions

Medals were not initially the objective for these games, as the youngest skier at 18 years he was competing against University students up to 26 years old.

We went primarily for the experience of another  World Ranked event, as it turned out Harry was well within the  medal potential territory especially in the  jump and overall the results confirms he is competitive at this level and his scores will only get better now he is studying  and training at Lafayette University in Louisiana, USA for the next four years which will put him in great  standing for next year’s U21 and Open World Championships and the  European U21 and open Championships – all four events are in Europe in the summer of 2017

In the  finals Harry skied well finishing 6TH in Slalom with 3 @11.25m line – 1 buoy off his Personal Best, 9TH in tricks with a disappointing 4520; 6th in jump with 54.3m (178ft) - 6th Overall

In a World Games final, the competition is extremely fierce – 6th place is a huge achievement as a University student who has only just completed 3 weeks studying

Thanks for the continued support and sponsorship, it really does make the difference and enables Harry to travel and to train for such high profile events.

If you would like to get involved in sponsoring Harry Spavin then contact Rob Spavin direct at Hazchem 063 Spavin City Express

Hazchem Network Depot 063

Spavin City Express
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