Ashley Breese posted a career personal best in taking 19th spot in the Mount Buller FIS Slalom on August 8th. Breese scored a 63 point FIS result that easily betters his previous best of 71 set in December 2012 at Strobl in a Cit race. Seventeen year old Breese is tarining with ex-Olympian Stephen Edwards based in Perisher for the summer and is training alongside rising Australian racer Ross Peraudo. Peruado took third in the race that was won by Sweden’s Anton Lehdenperae, a regular on the World Cup Tour.Â In training, Breese has been close to Peraudo and still better results are expected from Breese. James Stevenson was also … in the race and scored a 91 point FIS result.
Breese held back on the first as his coach advised him to do. In the previous days race, Breese had skied a great first run that had got him high up the second run start list but this had the adverse effect of poorer conditions for the second run and he had skied out. With the wet snow deteriorating quickly, even after ten runners the conditions were poor. After holding back on the fiorst run, Breese was well placed to benefit from the conditions for the second run and attacked the second run. This strategic skiing and the support of his coach, Stephen Edwards, saw Breese come away with a solid result and gives him the experience to attack more when the races move on to Thredbo next week should the races be held in similar conditions.
No British or Irish girls took park in the girls race that was won by Emily Bamford of Australia (scoring a 37 FIS point result).