Having missed a large chunk of the 2012 winter ski season, talented Harpenden skier Max Baggio is keen to make up for lost time during the 2013 campaign.

The 17-year-old suffered an unfortunate knee injury last season, slicing through his knee cap with a ski, a gruesome injury which cost him the opportunity to take part in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics.

Now the Hertfordshire-born skier is eager to compete at this season’s World Junior Championships or European Youth Olympics.

“I would love to go to the ski World Cup in the next couple of years,” said Baggio.

“Right now, to come back from injury and get selected to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympics or World Juniors has been my main focus.”

Baggio ended the 2012 season at British Junior number one, and has won a number of titles during his career including the English Giant Slalom Title and the British Junior Title in 2012 as well as being selected to the British Youth Olympic Squad in 2011, representing the British Children’s Team from 2007 - 2010.

Head coach Paul Telling said: “It’s great to have Max within the ranks at Evolution and watch him mature within the sport.

“Having a great competitive atmosphere is key to an athlete’s development and something that we like to encourage.”