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GB ATHLETES STILL IN TOP GEAR AS SEASON SLOWS

Posted on 28/03/19 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 campaign may be entering its final few weeks but there is still plenty happening with GB athletes competing at World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Cups and Europa Cups over the coming days. The late-season competitions see a return to action for Katie Ormerod and Madi Rowlands while ‘Woodsy’ is back at it for the first time since being crowned World Champion.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD
World Championships, Pyha FIN – Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 March

Saturday’s para snowboard cross competition in Finland marks the final World Championships medals to be decided in 2019 and Owen Pick will be hunting more silverware after a successful start to the week.

Pick already has a medal to his name having picked up silver in banked slalom on Wednesday, matching his result from 2017.

The 27-year-old finished eighth in snowboard cross at the 2015 World Championships before finishing sixth in 2017, and will be hoping for another improvement this year.

 

PARK & PIPE
World Cup, Silvaplana SUI – Friday 29 to Saturday 30 March
Europa Cups, Livigno ITA – Monday 25 to Friday 29 March

The GB Park & Pipe squad has a home away from home in Livigno where its big air bag training facility is located and the squad has produced some amazing results there this week.

Fourteen-year-old Kirsty Muir contested her first-ever ski slopestyle Europa Cup on Monday and after qualifying in first place, she was the beneficiary of poor weather cancelling the finals as she finished on top of the podium. Harris Booth was the best-placed Brit in the men’s competition, finishing fourth.

The following day Muir again performed strongly to record second place, a position matched by Mason Ferebee in the men’s event.

On Thursday, Katie Ormerod competed in her first competition since December 2017 and came away with silver in the snowboard slopestyle Europa Cup. Matt McCormick was third in the men’s event, his third Europa Cup podium since January. A second event will take place tomorrow which will also feature Harry Waite, Billy Cockrell and Raymond Prentice.

Tomorrow marks qualification day at the final ski slopestyle World Cup of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland.

World Champion James ‘Woodsy’ Woods will be joined in the men’s event by Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Felix Klein, while Madi Rowlands returns to action in the ladies’ event. Like Ormerod, it will be Rowlands first event in more than 15 months.

The World Cup ski slopestyle finals from Silvaplana can be viewed on the Eurosport Player from Saturday 11:50pm GMT.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS
World Junior Championships, Reiteralm AUT – Thursday 28 to Friday 29 March

Zoe Winthrop was the best-placed British competitor at today’s ski cross World Junior Championships in Austria.

Winthrop and 2018 bronze medallist Elliane Hall qualified through to the knockout stages after finishing in the top 16, however Hall suffered an arm injury in her quarter-final. Winthrop finished second in her quarter-final to earn a place in the final eight but finished fourth in the semi-final before placing second in the small final.

None of the GB men were able to qualify into the last 32 with Mathi Avent the best-placed in 46th.

The snowboard cross World Junior Championship takes place tomorrow featuring Hannah Hall (younger sister of Elliane) and 2018 BRITS champion Huw Nightingale.

 

OTHER EVENTS

  • Cross Country: Following the completion of the final World Cup of the season on Sunday, GB Cross Country are back in action this week in Norway. Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young will compete in Friday’s 10km free skate and Saturday’s 50km classic, while Nichole Bathe and Annika Taylor will be in Friday’s 5km free skate and Saturday’s 30km classic.
  • Alpine: The 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships kick off on Sunday in Tignes and continue through to Friday. The National Junior Championships will run through to the following weekend alongside the GB Para Alpine Championship races. The following week will feature the children’s races from U10s through to U16s.
  • Park & Pipe: The BRITS 2019 start in Laax, Switzerland on Tuesday and continue through to next Friday. All Olympic freestyle and snowboard disciplines will be contested (big air, slopestyle, halfpipe, ski/snowboard cross) in open and age categories.

DELANCEY GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO TIGNES IN 2019

Posted on 14/03/19 by Rare Management

The Delancey GB Alpine Championships (formerly the British National Alpine Ski Championships) are back in Tignes, France in 2019 with action ready to get underway at the end of the month.

The Championships will commence on Sunday 31 March with racing continuing throughout the first two weeks in April. The National Championship and National Junior Championship races will run through to Sunday 7 April, with the GB Para Alpine Championships also taking place on 6-7 April.

The children’s week of races (U10 to U16) will then commence during the UK school-term break on Monday 8 April and continue through to the following Friday.

“We are delighted to be returning to the excellent resort of Tignes for the Delancey GB Alpine Championships 2019,” said Jamie Ritblat, founder and CEO of Delancey. “It makes us immensely proud to see British athletes in action and we look forward to watching the Alpine team compete in Tignes.

“We will also witness some of the best young talents in British snowsports during the Children’s Champs, in what is an exciting, fun week for our young athletes. We hope you can join us in Tignes to cheer them on and experience this annual world-class British Alpine event.”

2019 also marks the fifth-straight time that the event will be in Tignes with the resort always improving the quality of the competition venue.

“The Stade in Val Claret has become the home of the Championships for most of the past decade and we couldn’t be happier to once again be back working with the wonderful crew in Tignes,” said Paul Trayner, GB Alpine Manager and Chief of Championships.

“We’re blessed with a venue which has recently invested heavily in their racing infrastructure, evidenced by the successful Europa Cup events which it hosted this season.

“There’s already been some really positive discussions about keeping Tignes as the home of the GB Alpine Championships in 2020 and beyond and I’m sure this year’s event will once again be a memorable one.”

For event information including entry details, follow these links:

Throughout the event, all results will be posted on GB Snowsport’s website and digital channels and the event can be followed on social media using #GBAlpineChamps.

BRITS CLAIM MORE TOP TENS AND PODIUMS

Posted on 04/03/19 by Rare Management

The already-impressive season for GB Snowsport continues across the disciplines with World Championship top 10s being backed up by podium performances in para snowboard, alpine, park & pipe and cross country.

CROSS COUNTRY
World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March
City Sprint Series, Beijing CHN – Friday 1 to Monday 4 March

Andrew Musgrave capped a fantastic World Championships with another top 10 result in the 50km race on Sunday.

Musgrave stayed with a large group fighting for the bronze medal around one minute behind the winner, eventually finishing in eighth having earned fourth place in the same event two years ago. Andrew Young overcame a broken pole mid-race to finish in 38th.

Musgrave leaves Seefeld with three top 10 results from as many events at the World Championships after finishing eighth in the 15km and seventh in the skiathlon.

Meanwhile, three British skiers headed to China for the Beijing City Sprint series, competing in three races in four days.

James Clugnet’s added some further polish to his breakthrough season when he won Friday’s race in the shadow of Beijing’s Birds’ Nest stadium, finished third on Saturday then claimed second place today. The results left him in second place overall for the series.

Nichole Bathe’s best result came on Friday when she was 14th on her way to 19th overall, while Annika Taylor’s highest finish was 15th in today’s race which helped her to 21st for the series.

 

PARA SNOWBOARD
World Cup, La Molina ESP – Friday 1 to Saturday 2 March

PyeongChang Paralympian Owen Pick has returned to World Cup action in fantastic fashion, finishing third in today’s snowboard cross race in Spain.

It is the fifth time he has earned a place on the World Cup podium, with today’s result the third time he has gained a top three result in snowboard cross.

Another snowboard cross World Cup will take place tomorrow with banked slalom races on Thursday and Friday.


SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS
World Cup, Bequeira Beret ESP – Friday 1 to Saturday 2 March
Europa Cup, Dolni Morava CZE – Friday 1 March
Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk RUS – Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 March

Charlotte Bankes continued her strong season with sixth place in Saturday morning’s snowboard cross World Cup in Spain.

The World Championship silver medallist was fifth in qualifying on Friday and came from behind to win her quarter-final. Unfortunately she missed out on a top two finish in the semi before finishing second in the small final.

At Winter Universiade, Douglas Green (Robert Gordon University) finished 25th in snowboard cross qualifying and was unable to progress to the semi-finals.

At the weekend’s ski cross events in the Czech Republic, Alannah Lawrie was the best-performing athlete with 16th in Friday’s Europa Cup and 13th in Saturday’s FIS race.


MOGULS
World Cup, Shymbaluk KAZ – Saturday 2 March

The moguls World Cup wrapped up in Kazakhstan on Saturday, completing a solid season for the GB team.

Makayla Gerken Schofield finished 19th in the ladies’ event, helping her to finish the World Cup season in 19th on the overall standings.

Max Willis was 21st and Thomas Gerken Schofield 22nd in the men’s event. That left Thomas in 21st place overall and Max in 32nd. Wil Willis DNF’d in Saturday’s event while Sunday’s dual moguls was cancelled due to poor weather.


ALPINE SKIING
World Cup, Kvitfjell NOR – Fri 1 to Sun 3 March
Europa Cups, Oberjoch GER/Jasna SVK – Thu 28 February to Sun 3 March

Charlie Guest scored one of the best results of her career on Sunday when she finished second in the Europa Cup slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.

The 25-year-old’s second run was more than half a second faster than her nearest opponent, with Guest only beaten by eight-time World Cup winner and world giant slalom champion Petra Vhlova.

There were also strong results in Slovenia yesterday when Laurie Taylor won a FIS slalom race with Robert Poth third, while Victoria Palla was fourth in the ladies’ race. Then today, Taylor backed it up with another win while Poth made it a British one-two by moving up another position on the podium.

At the weekend’s World Cup in Norway, Jack Gower finished 55th in Saturday’s downhill before earning 43rd place in Sunday’s super G.


PARK & PIPE
USA Rev Tour, Seven Springs USA – Thursday 28 February to Friday 1 March
World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 March
Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk RUS – Wednesday 6 March

Ski halfpipe junior world champion Connie Brogden scored a pair of victories at the US Revolution Tour at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on the weekend. Having already earned four top-six Rev Tour results including two podiums, the 17-year-old won Thursday’s halfpipe before matching the result in Friday’s slopestyle.

World Cup action is also taking place this weekend with seven GB Park & Pipe skiers and snowboarders competing at Mammoth Mountain. New world champion James Woods, Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin and Sam Ward will compete in ski slopestyle (qualifying Thursday, finals Saturday), while Zoe Atkin, Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon and Ward will be in ski halfpipe (qualifying Wednesday, finals Friday). Matt McCormick and Jamie Nicholls will compete in snowboard slopestyle (qualifying Wednesday, finals Friday).

And in Russia, Harris Booth (University of Glasgow) is flying the flag at Winter Universiade this week, competing in ski slopestyle on Wednesday.

BRITS TAKE ON THE WORLD AS SEASON HITS TOP GEAR

Posted on 18/01/19 by Rare Management

From now until the end of the season the snowsport action will not let up, with the opening World and Junior World Championships of 2019 set to take place alongside a host of World, Europa and Nor-Am Cup events.

In this week’s preview we will look at what’s coming up in the days ahead for each discipline and also go back through the key events of the past week.

   

ALPINE

World Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Tuesday 15 January: Alex Tilley recorded her best result of the season and one her career-best World Cup finishes at Tuesday’s giant slalom World Cup in Italy. Tilley was 22nd on the first run then put down the 15th-best second run to climb to 20th. She has only ever finished higher twice at World Cup level.

Invitational slalom, Crans-Montana SUI – Wednesday 16 January: Some of the world’s best slalom skiers converged on Crans-Montana on Wednesday night to participate in an invitational night event. French young gun Clement Noel led the all-star field through the two runs with GB Alpine’s Dave Ryding finishing second ahead of Julien Lizerouz, Andrew Myhrer and Marc Rochat.

Europa Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Thursday 17 January: World Cup skiers Charlie Raposo (35th) and Jack Gower (46th) were the highest-finishing British skiers at Tuesday’s Europa Cup in Italy. Competing in just his second-ever Europa Cup – and the first of this season – Iain Innes recorded a DNF on his first run.

World Cup slalom, Wengen AUT – Sunday 20 January: Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor return to action on Sunday in Austria with just three World Cup events remaining before February’s World Championships. The pair will be looking to bounce back after they both crashed out in the first run of last Sunday’s event in Adelboden and Ryding will be buoyed by his night slalom victory earlier this week at the Crans-Montana invitational.

The Wengen World Cup slalom will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from Sunday 9am (1st run) and 11:45am (2nd run).

CROSS COUNTRY

Norwegian Cup, Nes NOR – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: After a fantastic weekend in Dresden, GB Cross Country have bypassed this week’s World Cup in Estonia in favour of the Norwegian Cup races in Nes Skianlegg. All four British skiers – Andrew Young (3rd), James Clugnet (7th), Annika Taylor (6th) and Nichole Bathe (22nd) – made it through the prologue, however only Young qualified for the semi-finals. The three-time Olympian was then second in his semi before finishing fifth in the final.

While Clugnet will head to the World U23 Championships in Finland after today’s race, the remaining athletes will compete in distance classic (Saturday) and free skate (Sunday) events over the weekend.

U23/Junior World Championships, Lahti FIN – Sun 20 to Fri 25 [=][: A small contingent will represent GB Cross Country at the World U23 & Junior World Championships in Finland next week. James Clugnet and Hamish Wolfe will compete in the U23s while Oliver Newman will take part in the Junior (U20) events.

The Championships kick off on Sunday when Newman takes part in the Junior sprint classic, and he will also compete in the 10km free (Tue 22 Jan) and 30km classic mass start (Thu 24 Jan). Clugnet and Wolfe will take part in the U23 sprint classic on Monday and 15km free on Wednesday, while Wolfe will also enter the 30km classic mass start (Fri 25 Jan).

 

PARK & PIPE

World Cup snowboard slopestyle, Laax SUI – Wed 16 to Fri 18 January: Jamie Nicholls hadn’t competed at the highest level since last year’s Olympics but he showed glimpses of his class this week in Laax. After qualifying through Wednesday’s heats in impressive fashion, the two-time Olympian was unable to reproduce that form in today’s semi-finals, finishing in 22nd position overall.

Europa Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Snowboarder Matt McCormick and freeskier Harris Booth both came away from the midweek Europa Cup in Austria with success which took them to the podium. On Wednesday the pair both qualified through to their respective slopestyle finals and picked up a pair of third places. McCormick went one better yesterday with second in the big air however Booth was unable to land a jump in the final on his way to 11th.

Other midweek events: There was more success for GB Park+Pipe this week at a number of events. At the World Rookie Tour in Livigno, snowboarders Maisie Hill (rookie) and Mia Brookes (grom) both picked up second place finishes. Top five results were also recorded by Amber Fennell (4th, grom) and Gabe Adams (5th, rookie).

Freeskier Cal Sandieson was fifth at a FIS slopestyle event in Meribel and Connie Brogden was fourth at the Elite Rev Tour at Waterville, New Hampshire. Brogden will compete in a second slopestyle event later today.

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

World Cup ski cross, Idre Fjall SWE – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: Ollie Davies was the sole British competitor in action at the Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden today. Despite strong times in practice, Davies was unable to turn that into a top 32 qualification for either Saturday’s or Sunday’s elimination rounds.

Nor-Am Cup ski cross, Calabogie Peaks CAN – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January : A trio of British skiers are taking to the Nor-Am Cup in Canada this week. World Junior bronze medallist Elliane Hall is joined by 2018 Olympian Emily Sarsfield and World Cup skier Emma Peters in qualifying today ahead of two races across the weekend.

Europa Cup snowboard cross, Grasgehren GER: While Charlotte Bankes is not competing in Germany after taking out both of last week’s Europa Cup races in France, a trio of British riders will be in action. Maisie Potter will fly the British flag in the ladies’ races after an impressive fourth-place finish last week, while Kyle Wise and Chris Gregory are in the men’s events.

 

PARA ALPINE

World Cup slalom, Zagreb CRO – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith produced the best result from the GB team at the Para Alpine World Cup in Zagreb this week. Gallgher and Smith were third in Wednesday’s slalom, while teammates Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe’s best result came yesterday with fourth. Sixteen-year-old Neil Simpson continued his good season with a pair of fourth-place finishes with guide Jamie Robertson while PyeongChang Paralympian James Whitley scored a fifth and seventh place from his two races.

World Championships, Kranjska Gora SLO & Sella Nevea ITA – Mon 21 Jan to Fri 1 February: The GB Para Alpine team to contest the World Championships from next week will be announced later today. The technical events (slalom, giant slalom) will be held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia starting on Monday, with the speed events (super G, downhill) to follow in Sella Nevea, Italy.

 

MOGULS

World Cup, Lake Placid USA – Thu 17 to Fri 18 January: Max Willis and Thomas Gerken Schofield were unlucky not to qualify through to today’s 16-man World Cup moguls final in Lake Placid, missing out by the narrowest of margins. The pair were 17th and 18th respectively, with Max finishing just 0.06pt out of a finals place, with Thomas 0.07pt further back. They were still fantastic results with both Max and Thomas registering their highest-ever World Cup performances in individual moguls. Makayla Gerken Schofield (34th) and Wil Willis (43rd) missed out on the finals.

The quartet will be joined by Will Feneley next week when the final World Cup before the World Championships takes place in Tremblant, Canada.

 

PARA NORDIC

World Cup cross country & biathlon, Östersund SWE – Sat 12 to Fri 18 January: The last World Cup before the Para Nordic World Championships has been taking place this week in Sweden with some positive results across the events.

Scott Meenagh (5th) qualified for the final of the cross country sprint, also finishing fifth in the long distance event and sixth in the middle distance. He was sixth in the sprint biathlon and competes in the individual event later today.

Rachel Morris (6th) also made the final of the cross country sprint at just her second World Cup since moving into para nordic skiing, and was fourth in the long distance event.

Callum Deboys and Terry Ahrens competed in the cross country events, while Steve Thomas and Steve Arnold joined Meenagh in both cross country and biathlon.

The individual biathlon will be streamed from 3pm this afternoon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIISQ5zpHIY.

 

TELEMARK

World Cup, La Thuile ITA – Sun 20 to Mon 21 January: Jasmin Taylor will lead the GB Telemark team into the opening World Cup of the year on the back of her best-ever season. In 2017/18, Taylor broke through for her first World Cup victory, going on to win four events and stand on the podium 14 times.

Taylor will be the only Brit in the ladies’ field while the men’s events will be contested by Ben and Jack Emsley, Sion Bingham and Louis Hatchwell. This event’s races will be contested in the classic and sprint disciplines and can be streamed live from Sunday 8am at https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/8469138.

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS SPEARHEAD HUGE WEEKEND FOR GB SNOWSPORT

Posted on 14/01/19 by Rare Management

More than 30 British skiers and snowboarders were in action over the weekend and it was GB Cross Country leading the way with some historic World Cup results in Germany, while Charlotte Bankes continued her dominance in the snowboard cross Europa Cup.

 

Cross Country World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

GB Cross Country delivered a fantastic series of results over the weekend in Dresden where the sprint World Cup took place on the banks of the River Elbe.

In Saturday’s free skate sprint race, Andrew Young went one-better than 2018 when he qualified second in the prologue, while James Clugnet made it to the top 30 for the third straight race in 14th. Unfortunately both were unable to win through from their heats into the semi-finals with Clugnet edged out by just 0.05sec for the final lucky loser place.

Young eventually matched his result from last year in 13th while Clugnet was 23rd overall in his second-best individual World Cup result.

The following day’s team sprint brought much-anticipation in both the men’s and women’s races.

Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe missed out on a place in the final, however in finishing 15th in the team sprint, they created history by earning Great Britain’s first-ever women’s World Cup Nations Cup points.

In the men’s race, Young and Clugnet were looking to improve on their ninth-place finish from last year with the first hurdle being to make it through the semi-finals. In the second and much-faster semi, the Brits stayed with the lead group throughout and held onto a top five place through the finish to earn a place in the final.

The pair were just as competitive in the final, with the top five teams only breaking away in the final stages to leave GB in sixth place, less than 2.5sec off the podium. The result was Britain’s highest-ever team sprint result at a World Cup, Clugnet’s best World Cup finish while Young has only finished higher once before when he stood on the sprint podium in Toblach in 2015.

The quartet from Dresden will compete at the Norwegian Cup in Nes next week before Andrew Musgrave rejoins the squad the following week for the World Cup in Sweden.

 

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Puy St Vincent FRA – Sat 12-Sun 13 January

Snowboard cross star Charlotte Bankes has continued her fantastic form to start the season with a pair of Europa Cup victories in France.

 

After starting the season with a win in Austria, the 23-year-old backed up a World Cup podium with two more victories over the weekend to sit comfortably on top of the Europa Cup standings with three wins from four races.

Having previously competed in 16 Europa Cup races and never finished better than 17th, Maisie Potter showed her comeback from a heel injury is on track with two of her best ever results. In just her third race since almost a year on the sidelines, the 21-year-old finished 11th on Saturday before qualifying through to her first Europa Cup final and fourth place in Sunday race.

In the men’s races, Kyle Wise recorded his equal-second best career Europa Cup result with 24th on Sunday, while Chris Gregory’s best finish of the weekend was 41st in Saturday’s race.

 

Moguls World Cup, Calgary CAN – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

GB Moguls commenced a three-week block of World Cup competition in Calgary over the weekend with Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield both earning more World Cup points.

While unable to progress through to the finals, Makayla finished 22nd in the women’s event and is currently ranked 17th on the World Cup standings. Thomas was 24th in the men’s event and presently sits 26th on the season.

Wil Willis was 41st in the men’s competition while brother Max recorded a DNF.

The Moguls World Cup tour heads to Lake Placid, USA next week before returning to Canada for the final pre-World Championships event in Tremblant.

 

Alpine World Cup, Adelboden SUI – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

It was an unhappy weekend for the trio of men’s alpine skiers who took to the World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Charlie Raposo (giant slalom), Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (both slalom) all recorded DNFs on a course which caused plenty of trouble for many of the world’s best.

Taylor will be hoping for a better outing tomorrow when he competes in the Europa Cup slalom in Reiteralm, Austria. Raposo will also contest a Europa Cup giant slalom this Thursday in Kronplatz, Italy alongside compatriots Iain Innes and Jack Gower.

Kronplatz is also the venue for tomorrow’s giant slalom World Cup where Alex Tilley will be flying the British flag. A lack of consistency has plagued the PyeongChang Olympian this season with a 21st place in Killington her best result so far.

Tilley has been less than three-quarters of a second outside the top 30 in the last two World Cups at Kronplatz and will have high hopes of qualifying for the second run this year.

 

Snowboard World Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

Matt McCormick was the sole British snowboarder at the slopestyle World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria on Friday finishing the event in 28th place.

The 21-year-old had two good runs going but unfortunately fell at the last jump both times to slide out of contention for the semi-finals. He will be back in action on the course later this week for the Europa Cup, where his brother Chris will also be competing in the ski competition alongside Harris Booth.

Snowboard slopestyle World Cup kicks on again this week in Switzerland where the Laax Open will take place and GB Park+Pipe will be represented by Jamie Nicholls.

Nicholls has only competed in one slopestyle World Cup in the past 22 months and his last outing was at the Winter Olympics in February where he finished 16th overall.

Qualification in Laax takes place on Wednesday followed by semi-finals on Thursday before Friday’s final.

 

Para Nordic World Cup, Östersund SWE – Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 January

GB Para Nordic has recorded some fantastic results over the opening two days of the World Cup in Sweden.

In Saturday’s middle distance cross country races, Scott Meenagh was sixth in the men’s sitting category while Rachel Morris was ninth in the women’s.

In Sunday’s long distance races, Meenagh improved to fifth place with GB filling four of the top nine places thanks to strong performances from Steve Arnold (7th), Callum Deboys (8th) and Steve Thomas (9th). Rachel Morris chalked up a fantastic result in her race, finishing fourth. In the standing category, Terry Ahrens finished ninth.

The World Cup continues over the coming days in both biathlon and cross country. It is the final major event for the para nordic skiers ahead of next month’s World Championships in Canada.

 

Ski Cross Europa Cup, Villars SUI – Friday 11 January

A huge contingent from the GB Ski Cross squad was in Switzerland on Friday for the Europa Cup event in Villars.

PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield led the way to finish sixth while Emma Peters was right behind in seventh and Alannah Lawrie rounded out the top ten. Zoe Winthrop was 11th, Faith Davie 13th and Claire Winthrop 20th.

In the men’s race, Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was the highest-finishing Brit in ninth place ahead of Laurence Willows (44th), Mathi Avent (49th) and Richard Goldsworthy (50th).

Davies will head to the World Cup in Sweden this week while Sarsfield, Peters and Liz Stevenson head to Canada for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races. A further contingent of GB ski cross athletes will be in France for this week’s Europa Cup in Val Thorens.

 

Slide 2017 Online Registration Goes Live

Posted on 10/11/16 by Rare Management

With snow on the highest Scottish hills and in the Alps, winter has heralded its arrival and the wintersport industry is looking forward with anticipation to the season ahead.

Visitor registration for the UK’s national actionsport trade show, Slide, which takes place from 24-26 January 2017 at The International Centre in Telford, is now live online http://www.slideuk.co.uk/visitor-tickets/. Visitors are urged to prepare now by taking advantage of preferential hotel rates that have been negotiated. Booking info is here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/hotels/

 Almost 80 companies, representing around 200 different brands, have booked up for Slide, to show their products for next winter. Visitors can contact exhibitors to make appointments through the exhibitor listing http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-list/

Confirmed exhibitors have filled 90% of the space available at Slide, but there’s still a good choice of stand locations and sizes on offer for exhibitors who want to take advantage of reaching all the key snowsport buyers under one roof.

Booking forms and current floorplans are on the website here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-booking/ or potential exhibitors can contact Slide organisers direct on slide@raremanagement.co.uk

 In addition to the biggest range of wintersport products in the UK, Slide also plays host to the SIGB AGM and Open Forum after the show closes on Wednesday 25th Jan, where all aspects of the trade are up for discussion. The ‘best in show’ Slide Awards are also announced/presented during this gathering, as is the announcement of the SIGB Foundation Award – funding awarded to the most deserving snowsport charity.

The evening of Tuesday 24th January will see a re-match at Ten Pin Telford. While competition is fierce for some, most just enjoy throwing a few bowls, socialising with friends and colleagues and making the most of the low cost drinks and complementary food.

Further information on the show is available on the slide website: http://www.slideuk.co.uk

Shaping the Future of Snowsport: Snowsport England invites all to 2016 Club and Facilities Conference

Posted on 18/05/16 by Rare Management

Snowsport clubs, slopes, and a range of other skiing and snowboarding organisations from across the country will come together this June to help shape the future of snowsports at Snowsport England’s annual Clubs and Facilities Conference.

Held on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at Sportpark in Loughborough, industry partners who want to have a say in how domestic snowsports can be developed, and has ideas on how the country’s clubs and facilities can play even more of a role are invited to attend.

The day is a chance to network, share ideas and best practice, as well as discussing or simply listening into discussions about future initiatives and campaigns. The Conference will also give organisations the chance to hear about how the imminent changes in government funding of sport and the possible impact on snowsports.

Highlights of the 2016 Conference include an update from Sport England, which will focus on their new strategy for sport, funding and youth segmentation followed by a discussion on how the snowsports industry can capitalise on these changes. Followed by a networking lunch, the afternoon will see young talented athletes address the room, before an update from Snowsport England on future activities and a chance to explore how the industry can work together to increase snowsports participation.

Jan Doyle from Snowsport England, said of the day: “The Club and FacilitIes Conference is as always a key date in the Snowsport England calendar. It is one of the few opportunities when all our key stakeholders come together to discuss how we can move forward as an industry and work together to help shape the future of our industry. We invite all clubs, slopes and other interested parties to attend.”

As well as clubs, artificial slopes and indoor snow centres, anyone interested in attending the Club and Facility Conference can register HERE. The day begins at 9.30am and is complimentary for Snowsport England stakeholders.

Conclusion of British Schoolgirls Races 2016

Posted on 27/01/16 by Rare Management

The second and final day of the British Schoolgirls races saw the Slalom race taking place on the Celiste piste before the evening Awards Ceremony. Over two fantastic days of racing, the sun was shining both days, bringing smiles to the faces of all 132 girls.

BSR Slalom

In today’s Slalom, the overall prize was won by Under 16 racer Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A, in second place was Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A and Genevieve Baird from Loretto A took third.

Overall winner Cerys Gorringe said: “I was so happy I could win something for my school as that was the most important thing for me. Even though I have been training really hard this year, it was still a complete surprise to beat so many girls older than me. I had hoped to do well, but I didn’t expect to do as well as I did.

“I still do some training at Snozone Milton Keynes on Sunday’s and during the school holidays, but I can’t take much time off from school. During the holidays I will train in Val d’Isere and in the summer and autumn with the Kandahar Ski Club.”

The Best Overall School prize went to Reeds A with NLCS A finishing in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Wycombe Abbey A taking second spot and Godolphin & Latymer A in third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers was Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Alexandra Lilywhite for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

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Giselle (left) and Cerys (right) Gorringe

 

For the unregistered racers, many of whom don’t ski race regularly, Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A took top spot for the U21s, Gabriella Jabre from St Mary’s Ascot was the winner for the U18s, Sophia Dyvlk Henke from Godolphin & Latymer won for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A took the win for the U14s.

BSR Giant Slalom

The results from yesterday’s GS were also announced at the Awards Ceremony. Taking the overall GS prize was British Team racer Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Giselle Gorringe also from NLCS A taking third.

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Genevieve Baird

 

Overall winner Genevieve Baird said: “I am very very happy with my GS result. I could have done better in the slalom, but GS is definitely my stronger discipline. The girls who beat me in the slalom are great skiers though, so I am really happy. I am hoping to keep on progressing. I have the English Alpine Champs in a few weeks, so hopefully will score some points there. It is so nice to race with teammates and to be with the other girls and enjoy the experience together. Its nice to talk about it at school and bring back memories.”

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Lucia Guiterrez from Francis Holland A for the U14s.

Loretto A took the GS Shield for the Best School, with NLCS A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by Godolphin & Latymer A with St Marys Ascot A taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

BSR Parallel Slalom

In the Parallel Slalom, the Ladies’ Ski Club Junior Challenge Cup was won by Surbiton High A with Reeds A taking second place.

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Surbiton High A

 

BSR Combined

There are also Combined prizes (the GS and Slalom times combined together) across all age categories. The overall Combined winner was Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A taking third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A for the U14s.

NLCS A took the Combined top spot for the Best School, with Loretto A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Godolphin & Latymer taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

The Best B Team went to Surbiton High B with Reeds B in second and Godolphin & Latymer B in third.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex (www.skiplex.co.uk) and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain (www.skiclub.co.uk), UVEX www.uvex-safety.co.uk, (www.mindthegapyear.com), Basecamp (www.basecampgroup.com), JDX (www.jdxconsulting.com) and MPI (www.mpibrokers.com).

All results can be found on www.britishschoolgirlsraces.co.uk shortly and you can follow BSR updates on @BSRaces on Twitter or British Schoolgirls Races on Facebook .

Slide Awards 2016 – The Winners!

Posted on 22/01/16 by Rare Management

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The Slide Awards recognise the hottest products for the 2016/17 winter season and acknowledge innovation in snowsports across three categories: Hardware, Software and Accessories. The awards are voted for by SIGB retail members, press and industry opinion leaders.

Slide 2016, which is showcasing next winter’s snowsports products for the first time, is organised by the Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) and plays a key role in the retailer’s buying process as well as giving the snowsports trade first views of products from more than 220 brands.

Hardware: 

Brand: Lange

Product: XT 130 Freetour ski boot

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The Lange XT 130 Freetour ski boot was recognised as the stand out product in the Hardware category. The boot is lighter than an alpine boot, but despite having the same performance as a downhill boot, it has a range of ‘Freetour’ features including an ultra grip sole and pin binding inserts.

Scott Dobson from Lange said: “From Lange’s point of view this is a great accolade. We are happy that the judges have acknowledged the effort we have put in to develop ski boots over the last seven years. Lange is a premium boot brand and we feel that in the XT 130 Freetour we have a premium product that occupies the space between freeride and touring, a growing area of the market”.

 

Software: 

Brand: Head

Product: Quantum Jacket

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In the Software category, the Head Quantum Jacket was recognised for its innovative breathable outerwear. The EXO Phase technology sees near seam free construction and an advanced warp knitting technique means that breathability can be tailored to different parts of the body. In the Quantum jacket, open structures are positioned under the arms and centre of the back.

Matt Humphreys from Head said: “As a relative newcomer to the apparel market, it’s great that our technical innovations and products are recognised by the market.”

 

Accessories: 

Brand: Dragon Alliance

Product: Dragon X1 Goggle

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The Dragon X1 goggle features ‘Transitions’ lenses, which automatically change tints in response to changing sunlight and weather conditions. This technological innovation meant Dragon Alliance took the win in the accessories category. The ‘game changing goggle’ also combines the patented ‘Frameless Lens Technology’, pushing the versatility of the goggles to the next level.

Craig Smith at Dragon Alliance said: “As a brand with very core roots, it is great to be recognised for the second time this season by the wider wintersports market. The feedback we get from existing and new customers at Slide drives our continued investment in technical innovation such as our partnership with Transitions.”

British Schoolgirls Races return to Flaine in 2016

Posted on 09/12/15 by Rare Management

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The British Schoolgirls’ Races will return to Flaine for the 57th time this season, taking place on 25th & 26th January 2016.

The two-day event, which features racers from over 35 schools across the UK, is an important part of the British Alpine racing calendar, and has historically proved to be a breeding ground for young British talent, with Olympian Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans being previous competitors.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

The event is open to all UK schools and has racers from a range of age groups, including under 14s, under 16s and under 18s. All age groups compete in GS and Slalom races, and there is also the chance for schools to go head to head in Parallel Slalom – the most exciting race of the two days.

With most athletes arriving in time for the training day on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are full days of racing on the Calcite piste, with the final day culminating in the prize giving. As well as prizes for all races and age categories, there is also a bumper draw with prizes from all the British Schoolgirls’ Races sponsors.

British Schoolgirls’ Races organiser Anne Taylor said ahead of the event: “It is fantastic to see so many schools and so many aspiring young female racers heading out to Flaine for the Races. They are a fantastic place for the girls to get a true feeling for what real Alpine racing feels like, as well as it being a fun event for all involved.

“The two days are jam packed with racing, which the girls thrive on, but for spectators it is also a really social event with the race pistes being easy to access on foot or on skis. We are looking forward to returning to Flaine again in 2016 and we also owe a huge thank-you to all our partners and supporters who help make the event happen.”

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain, UVEX, ​MTGY, Basecamp and MPI.

Photo: Yoan Marot

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