Potters Bar's Robert Poth stars for Great Britain in European Youth Olympic Festival in Austria
PUBLISHED: 17:10 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:10 04 February 2015
Robert Poth says he will never forget being selected to represent GB at last week's European Youth Winter Olympic Festival and ranks it as his highest career achievement to date.
Poth, from Potters Bar, was one of eight alpine GB skiers competing in both the Giant Slalom and Slalom events in Vorarlberg, Austria and Liechtenstein.
Admirably, the young ski star was the only member of GB to record a finish in the giant slalom, finishing 47th overall.
Poth, who is supported by the Herts Talented Athlete Programme, had a tougher time in the slalom event including missing the second to last gate on the course. Nevertheless, he was ecstatic with his week’s work.
He told the WHT: “Competing for Team GB has been a thrilling experience.
“The European Youth Olympic Festival is the first time that I have been involved in a multi sport experience and my first taste of life in the Olympic movement.
“The beforehand work with the kitting out day at Bisham Abbey was awesome being given a huge roller bag of fresh new Team GB Adidas clothing.
“To be wearing the Olympic Rings was a huge honour.
“My run in the giant slalom was good although I did make a couple of mistakes. To be the only GB athlete though was awesome.
“The slalom race was a bit more challenging.
“In my first run, I set off well but I made a big error on the last steep section which lost a lot of time and I missed out on the top 30 flip. My second run also had a big error with me travelling too quickly round the last bend of the course, which made me miss the second last gate.
“Overall, I really enjoyed learning about the other sports, which the other British athletes were competing in and my selection to EYOF is my best achievement to date and something I will never forget.”