Molly Summerhayes sets sights on PyeongChang Winter Olympics by launching Crowdfunding campaign

Posted on 17/07/17 by Rare Management

Molly Summerhayes - Photo Jenny Bletcher_low res19-year-old GB Park and Pipe skier, Molly Summerhayes, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money which will support her bid to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February.

Molly is the younger sister of Katie Summerhayes, who has three Silver World Cup and World Championships medals to her name, and finished 7th in the Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.

Since first trying skiing at the age of four in her home-town Sheffield, Molly has been in love with sport and from the very beginning has shown the determination and talent needed to compete with the best. 

A specialist in the halfpipe, Molly has been competing around the UK and in British Championships since she was just 12-years-old.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Molly, aged 17, had her first season on the international circuit, becoming World Junior Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Champion and finishing 10th in a World Cup event, all while still being in college. It was at this point Molly’s strength and determination would be severely tested. 

A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in January 2016 would put a sudden halt to Molly’s fantastic progress and following surgery she would instead be confined to rehab and recovery for the next 11 months.

Despite a long stint on the sidelines, Molly returned to the halfpipe in November of last year, more eager than ever to succeed. While she has had to overcome some challenges since getting back on her skis, Molly feels strong and ready to work for Winter Olympic qualification. 

Unfortunately, besides the immense amount of training and preparation that goes into a qualification bid, the entire process is also a very costly one. To try and ease the financial burden of competing at freestyle skiing’s top level, Molly has been working full-time in McDonald’s for the past two years.

While fitting training, gym sessions and physio around her work schedule is a challenge, Molly has fantastic support from the company and has always found a way to ensure she puts in the hours, both in work and sport. 

August marks the first World Cup event of the Olympic season and for the first time, Molly will travel to New Zealand with the GB Park and Pipe Squad for an intense training camp and compete in the World Cup. Despite not being UK Sport funded, Molly is training alongside Britain’s best Park and Pipe athletes on their path to PyeongChang

Molly has teamed up with sports crowdfunding platform, PledgeSports, to raise some of her travel and competition costs.

With every bit of support you can offer Molly, you take her a step closer to being rewarded for her incredible resilience and hard work, and representing Great Britain at the Winter Olympics.

If you would like to support Molly you can do so by visiting her sports crowdfunding page here.

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods tops podium in New Zealand & Alpine skiers make an impressive start in the Southern Hemisphere

Posted on 23/08/16 by Rare Management

With the competitive Southern Hemisphere winter season now in full swing, British Ski and Snowboard athletes have already been making their mark with podium finishes and impressive performances.

Last weekend saw GB Park and Pipe skier James ‘Woodsy’ Woods top the podium at the first JW Big Air invitational held in Cardrona, New Zealand. The slopestyle competition was well attended with a strong international field, but it was Woodsy who came out on top with a world-class performance, landing 3 different triples including a switch triple cork 1440.


This weekend GB Park and Pipe snowboarders Billy Morgan, Henry Shackleton, Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod will join over 100 international slopestyle snowboarders in Australia at the Mile High by Carlton Dry, staged in Perisher’s Front Valley. This will serve as the kick start to their summer on-snow training in the Southern Hemisphere.

Back over in New Zealand, the Delancey British Alpine Team have been making an impression on the race circuit, with Jack Gower taking first place in the Giant Slalom at the Cardrona FIS races at the start of the month, and Charlie Guest taking fourth in the Slalom in Coronet Peak last week. Numerous other top 10 spots have also been claimed by British athletes with Delancey British Alpine Squad atheletes Nick Moynihan and Charlie Raposo taking 7th and 8th place respectively and Jess Anderson setting a PB in the GS FIS race in Coronet Peak where she placed fourth.

Also having a great start to their season is Delancey British U21 Slalom Champion Robert Poth who took second place in the Perisher FIS Giant Slalom. He then continued his form taking third place overall and first U21 in the Australian National Championships held in Thredbo last week.

British Nordic’s Annika Taylor had a breakthrough result this week at the Aure Toppoddretsveke races, qualifying for her first International Sprint Quarter Final. Teammate Andrew Young also qualified for the quarter finals, with races continuing over the weekend.

More information visit the British Ski and Snowboard website and for all the up to date news and results like British Ski and Snowboard on Facebook and follow British Ski and Snowboard on Twitter

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LEKI announced as Official Supplier of poles to Delancey British Alpine Squad

Posted on 10/08/16 by Rare Management


LEKI has partnered with the Delancey British Alpine Squad as Official Supplier of poles for the next AW16/17 season. Many of the Delancey British Senior, U21 and U18 athletes will benefit from the new agreement including skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley.

Lillian Sullivan on behalf of LEKI said:  “We’re very excited to be involved with the British Alpine Squad.  They are a high performing team and we are proud to be able to support them throughout the forthcoming season.  Together we think we make a great team.”

Max Baggio, current Men’s Overall Delancey British Champion said:  “Good quality poles like LEKI, give you confidence every time you go out on the slopes.  They’re strong, light and reliable for everyday use, allowing me to fully focus on my training without any worries.  The LEKI Venom Carbon poles used by the British Team provide a feeling of assurance so you can go as hard and as fast as you like always knowing they can stand the strain throughout the season whether training or racing: a necessary piece of kit for a winning season”.

British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) National Governing Body for Skiing and Snowboarding is looking to continue the recent success of Britain’s elite skiers and snowboarders this season. Being within the Olympic Qualification period for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, athletes will be working harder than ever to challenge for podiums on the international stage.

The LEKI Venom has been a favourite for athletes competing on the World Cup circuit.  These poles feature high-strength aluminium uppers with a strengthened-carbon lower segment making them light yet strong and perfect for racing.

GB Park and Pipe Young Guns Strike Again – #ProjectPY2018 Mission 32 is now live

Posted on 27/07/16 by Rare Management

In collaboration with Sport Scotland, Bearsden Freestyle Crew and our GB Park and Pipe Performance Pathway coaches, GB Park and Pipe held a week-long Sport Scotland West Pathway Camp a few days ago, aimed at getting some new tricks in the bag.
#ProjectPY2018 Mission 32 gives a great insight into how the GB Park and Pipe young guns are bagging their new tricks. From conception, to first goes on a trampoline, then an airbag and then the real thing on dryslope, this film follows the progress of some ultra-brave riders pushing themselves in the search for new tricks.

Thanks to UK SportThe National Lottery, Lottery Good Causes and #Delancey. And special thanks in making this film to:
Sport Scotland
Bearsden Freestyle Crew
Air Space Trampoline Park, Glasgow
Urban Gymnastics, Glasgow
Bouldering Glasgow
Cumberland Centurions BMX Race Track
The Snowboard Addiction Trainer

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Championship Ski and Snowboard launch two new one-off competitions for UK indoor and dry slope scene

Posted on 20/07/16 by Rare Management

GB Park and Pipe’s domestic snowsports league, Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), has today announced two one-off competitions following the huge demand to be part of CSS from UK indoor and dry slopes across the country.

CSS Battle Royale is aimed at slopes that were not able to be part of the CSS League this year, and CSS Micro Machines, aimed at snowboarders and skiers under 12, will mean even more rising stars of the British ski and snowboard scene will be able to be part of the hottest new element of UK snowsports.

CSS Battle Royale is a one off CSS match open to any slope not part of the CSS League this year. Coach/Managers are invited to enter either a team of 3, which must include at least one female. Each team member will have the chance to film and submit their best kicker trick, rail trick, and ex trick. As well as awards being made for Gold, Silver, and Bronze teams, the top slopes will be considered for invite into next year’s CSS League.

Josie McNamara from CSS said about the launch of Battle Royale:
“When we started searching for teams for CSS, we had so many teams all over the country wanting to take part.  It was hard to turn them away so Battle Royale is a way for everyone to have a chance of getting involved with the CSS format.  It should also indicate who the super motivated crews are around the UK which should help when we come to draw up the 2017 CSS league.”

For the under 12 riders, a brand new competition specifically for the groms has been set up called CSS Micro Machines competition. Coach/Managers or parents are invited to enter any under 12 skiers or snowboaders by submitting video footage of their best kicker trick and rail trick. All footage will then be judged, edited and released in September and there will be prizes and awards for the best girl and best boy from snowboard and from ski.

McNamara went onto comment about the new CSS Micro Machines competition:
“Micro Machines has come about because we have been blown away about the amount of groms and super groms taking part in CSS.  We reckon there are even more out there that we don’t even know about so Micro Machines is a way for those kids to get involved in CSS.  Hopefully it will be a nice project over the schools holidays as any kid under 12 can enter!  They just need to send us a kicker trick and a rail trick.  It’s a stripped back version of CSS but we are so excited to see what footage we get back!”

To find out more information and to enter the competitions visit the following links:

CSS Battle Royale

CSS Micro Machines

CSS is endorsed by GB Park & Pipe and supported through The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey as well The National Lottery, UK Sport and national governing bodies Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

British Ski and Snowboard in search for new Performance Director to deliver medal targets

Posted on 18/07/16 by Rare Management

Following a recent restructure, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in the UK, British Ski and Snowboard, are now seeking a Performance Director who will join the Board of Directors to lead, manage and raise the performance bar across Alpine, Cross Country, Freestyle and Snowboarding, as well as supporting Telemark, Speed Skiing and Ski Jumping.

This new role will involve leading the performance strategy of British Ski and Snowboard and look to deliver medal targets at PyeongChang 2018 in Freestyle, and to drive other disciplines to the podium where BSS has qualified Olympic athletes.

The role is about creating a performance vision to pull together a cohesive and ambitious strategy into execution. The successful candidate is therefore likely to be someone who has proven success of this, who has the drive and ability to lead their team to strive for the very best and has demonstrable experience in leading sporting performance success at the highest level.

Visit the British Ski and Snowboard website for more information about the Performance Director role or click the following links for the Job Description and Job Advert.

Billy Morgan: Upside Down Four Times Again – GB Park and Pipe’s #ProjectPY2018 Mission 31 is now live

Posted on 11/07/16 by Rare Management

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Billy Morgan has been pushing the limits again at the Stubai Glacier in Tirol, trying to add a second and equally technical version of a quad to his impressive list of achievements.

Billy broke the internet in the spring of 2015 by being the first snowboarder to land a ‘quad cork’ – an achievement Transworld Snowboarding named as ‘Trick of 2015’. Soon after, Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot became the second rider to land a quad, this time a quad underflip. And in the Autumn of 2015, Norwegian rider Marcus Kleveland became the third rider to get the quad in the bag.

Now Billy will make an attempt at Max’s quad underflip, captured here at the Stubai Zoo funpark in Mission 31 of the GB Park and Pipe team’s #ProjectPY2018 series.

Will Billy become the only rider to land two types of quad? Is the jump big enough to get the estimated 3-seconds of airtime needed for the trick?

All is revealed in “Mission 31: Billy Morgan Upside Down Four Times Again”

Please feel free to post, share and shout about. Filmed by @LegsOfSteel Productions, and Single Cask Productions/Mark Ruparelia. Produced by Chris Moran of @AllConditionsMedia

Ed Leigh and Pat Sharples give the lowdown on Championship Ski and Snowboard – Round two now live!

Posted on 06/07/16 by Rare Management

BBC’s Ed Leigh and Head Coach of GB Park and Pipe’s Ski Team, Pat Sharples, give the low down on who are the current rising stars of British skiing and snowboarding as round two of Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) goes live.

With competition hotting up between the slopes, and some of the senior GB Park and Pipe squad deciding to get in on the action, Championship Ski and Snowboard is clearly demonstrating how British riders are pushing the boundaries on the artificial slopes and indoor snow centres.

The lowdown on Championship Skiing from Pat Sharples:

“I think the main things that have stood out for me is the talent of the up and coming young guns especially some of the girls who have all been submitting some technical tricks with a lot of style in their riding. The level of riding coming from National Academy skiers at Bearsden has been very much on point!

Overall the skiers are performing high levels tricks both directions, with style, solid grabs and good execution on landings which is pretty much everything the judges want to see! It is great to see all the teams taking full advantage of the their home slopes and getting the best out of the features.

And what rumours are there ahead of Round 2? Apparently after seeing Round 1, Anna Vincenti and Murray Buchan signed for Bearsden and Madi Rowlands has signed for Hemel!   Let’s see what the GB Park & Pipe team members can bring to CSS in future round. rounds!”

The lowdown on Championship Snowboarding from Ed Leigh:

“Championship Ski and Snowboard has already proved itself to be the best way to catch a glimpse of Britain’s best domestic talent. The standard is gold seal and well worth checking out.

In the wake of some first round hammers getting thrown down, some of the stand outs for me were; Fin Bremner, the 16 year old riding for Aberdeen who deserves top billing for his back rodeo 900. It’s the first time it’s been seen in the UK. Also impressing is Matt McCormick from Bearsden, who currently leads on kickers after he opened his section with a lovely switch back 9, and finished with a mind melting inward/backside barrel roll as his EX trick.

Looking ahead to round two, which is now live, it could be that the Young Guns are the secret weapon in CSS. Braehead lead with young gun Leon Drynan playing a pivotal role but close behind is Bearsden who have Lewis Moore, another 12 year old who has broken into the top 8 kicker riders.

After their loss to Braehead, Hemel have flexed their not inconsiderable muscle and secured the signatures of Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller for Round 2. Bearsden have also been busy on the transfer front and they now boast Katie Ormerod and Rowan Coultas, however there are still some of the GB Park and Pipe Team who haven’t signed up yet. Billy Morgan anyone?”

If that hasn’t whet you appetite, nothing will. Check out CSS round two  on the CSS Facebook page as well as the results, vote on the polls and the league tables on the CSS website:

CSS is endorsed by GB Park & Pipe and supported through The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey as well The National Lottery, UK Sport and national governing bodies Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

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Championship Ski and Snowboard features six snowboard and six ski teams from slopes across the UK going head to head in a league, with teams submitting videos of tricks from four of their team members for each round.

In every round, each team is matched against another team and their videos, including their best kicker, rail and EX (execution) trick for each rider, will be marked by a panel of world class judges, with one of the teams coming out on top or it being called a draw. Each team must include a “Young Gun” (a rider under the age of 15) and a female rider.

Championship Ski and Snowboard is made up by teams from Stoke Ski Centre (ski), The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead (ski & snowboard), Aberdeen Snowsports Centre (ski & snowboard), Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club (ski & snowboard). SnowDome Tamworth (ski & snowboard), Snozone Milton Keynes (ski & snowboard) and Snow Factor Braehead (snowboard).

The world class judging panel consists of GB Park and Pipe rider Katie Summerhayes, Josh Fawcett, Dave Young and Bobby Taylor on the ski side and Laura Berry, Kevin Mills, Colum Mytton and Andy Mills on the snowboard side. The overall scoring process is then overseen by the head judges who are GB Park and Pipe coaches Hamish McKnight, Pat Sharples, Jack Shackleton and Jamie Matthew.

Record turn out at English Indoor Slopestyle Championships

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This year marked the fourth English Indoor Slopestyle Championships, which took place at Chill Factore Manchester in late June, with a record number of competitors taking part.

The snowboarders kicked off the day of competition with open practice in the morning, followed by the qualification round, and ending with a 2-run final – taking the top 12 men and top 6 women.

The final was hotly contested in the men’s competition– with Scott Walsh taking the overall win and the title of English Slopestyle Champion with some high-tech switch rail skills at the top and a huge backside rodeo in his second run in the finals. Behind Walsh was Ciaran Tucker & Harry Waite who rounded off the podium.

In the women’s event, Cerys Allen rode brilliantly all day with some very stylish 360 Indy’s to become the women’s Slopestyle Champion, whilst Mia Brookes and Bradie Zimmer-Collins were hot on her heels.

After a quick re-shape of the course, the skiers took to the slopes to see who was going to take the English Slopestyle Championship title. The atmosphere at the top of the slope was electric, with all the athletes encouraging one another and cheering each other on successful runs, creating a fun environment for everyone, one of the key objectives for the event.

In the finals, Justin Taylor-Tipton was successful in winning the men’s competition, becoming Overall English Slopestyle Champion, whilst Chris McCormick and Callum Welch took second & third place respectively.

In the women’s final, Thea Fenwick stood out all day to take the top spot, closely chased by Lara Shaw and Kirsty Muir.

The competition saw some outstanding riding from all the athletes across all the age categories, with the younger athletes keeping the older ones on their toes all day.

Snowsport England Talent Development Lead Ian Findlay said of the day, “I was impressed with the quality of riding on display on Saturday. In both the snowboard and ski finals, everyone hugely stepped it up. This is our 4th running of the English Slopestyle Championships and for me it was the best one yet. All the riders are a credit to their sport and I’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the event happen”.

A huge thanks to all volunteers, park-shapers and officials who made the event run so smoothly, and to all the athletes who gave 100% all day.

The English Indoor Slopestyle Championships was the third in three English Indoor Championships taking place at Chill Factore this spring and summer. The Snowsport England competitions were open to all levels of riders, whilst at the same time being competitive for those looking to top the podium.

Thanks to Ski Club of Great Britain providing insurance for the under 16 winners and Ripperz will continue to provide the administration for the events.

Britain’s top Ski and Snowboard talent share their stories to inspire young students at Chobham Academy

Posted on 05/07/16 by Rare Management

Three of Britain’s top ski and snowboard athletes, including Winter Olympian Snowboarder Aimee Fuller, shared their personal journey and top achievements with hundreds of students from Chobham Academy during three school assemblies. The British Ski and Snowboard athletes, supported by Delancey, included; Charlie Raposo, who is currently ranked Britain’s best Giant Slalom skier and has competed at the World Championships, World Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics, as well as the North American Cup Tour and European Cup Tours; teammate Nick Moynihan, member of the Delancey Senior Alpine squad who took 1st in the British Championships GS, in Tignes (2015); and Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller who recently claimed 7th in both the South Korea and Czech Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup.


The three athletes spoke at three separate assemblies which took place in the Chobham Academy theatre for children ranging in age from 5 years up to 11 years. During the assembly they presented their personal training videos and spoke about their biggest achievements, in hope to inspire their young audience to work hard at their own goals.

Aimee Fuller commented: “It was amazing to speak to such a large variety of kids, who all seemed interested in finding out more about our Snowsports journeys.”

One of Chobham Academy’s students, Kara Maloney (aged seven) commented: “I absolutely loved meeting Charlie, Aimee and Nick. The best thing was learning about doing snowboard tricks. It was good to meet an actual person from the Olympics. Everything they said was amazing.”

After each of the presentations, the athletes also offered a chance for the children to dress up in their equipment and then afterwards, they gave away various prizes during a Question and Answer session for those interested to find out more.

Alpine skier, Charlie Raposo commented: “It was a lot of fun to come in and inspire the kids today at Chobham. They were all super responsive and it was very rewarding.”

Nick Moynihan, who presented alongside Charlie, also commented:

“What an amazing day spending time with the kids at Chobham Academy and such an amazing experience to speak to what I hope might be future racers.”

Students also received information about how to get involved in Snowsports through the innovative charity, Snow-Camp. Snow-Camp is an inspiring youth programme that uses a unique combination of skiing and snowboarding to support inner-city young people.

Snow-Camp Founder and Director, Dan Charlish commented:

“It is important that children and young people realise they don’t have to live in the Alps to get involved in Snowsports. At Snow-Camp, we provide different programmes based at local snow centres and dry slopes, which teach young people how to ski and snowboard whilst developing new skills and gaining new qualifications which can support their future.”

Organised by real estate investment, development and advisory company Delancey, who is Principal Sponsor of British Ski & Snowboard and Charity Partner to Snow-Camp, it is hoped that these assemblies will not only encourage more children to work hard to pursue their dreams, but also to generate more support from the nation for Great Britain’s Snowsports athletes.

Jamie Ritblat, founder and CEO of Delancey commented: “Being Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard over the last six years, has provided us with the invaluable opportunity to not only support our nation’s top athletes, but to also encourage the community to get involved in the sport. These assemblies not only raise awareness of Snowsports in schools, but also leave the children feeling determined and inspired to achieve their own personal goals, which is very important.”

If you would like a Delancey Snowsports Assembly to visit your school or if you would like to find out some more information, please contact