DORSET skiing sensation Bonnie Davenport got her week off to a good start at the English Alpine Championships with a seventh-place finish in the Super-G event.

The 14-year-old Weymouth racer is competing in the Rossignol-sponsored Under-16 category for the first time this year but didn’t let that stop her as she beat many older girls across the field.

The 22nd edition of the Championships are taking place in Bormio, Italy, this week and feature the next generation of English alpine stars in the same week many of us are keeping an eye on the senior stars competing in PyeongChang.

And it may not be long before we get to see Davenport competing in a Winter Olympics after she finished eighth in the first Super-G on Sunday, before going one better on Monday.

Davenport, who races for the British Ski Academy, said: “It felt really good today,”

“I think it’s one of the best Super-Gs I’ve ever raced and is just a nice course.

“It’s easy to work with the terrain and it’s feels good on the skis, you can get up a lot of speed.

“I did the course on Sunday but today was much better.

“Some people don’t do the Super-G if they don’t have the skis, but I like it so today was really good, it’s such a cool event!

“I’m doing all the rest of the events this week too so can’t wait for them.”

Davenport is due to compete in the slalom on Wednesday and the giant slalom on Thursday, as she continues on her path as one of Britain’s brightest hopes in the world of winter sports.

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