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Snowsport England’s 30 Days of Snowsport is back, ahead of Olympic season

Posted on 13/09/17 by Rare Management

Snowsport England’s early season participation initiative, 30 Days of Snowsport (www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk), is returning for its fourth year ahead of the Winter Olympic season, in what is an exciting time for snowsports in the UK.

Returning to slopes up and down England from 2nd – 31st October 2017, 30 Days of Snowsport which is sponsored by Visit Andorra, aims to give people a taste of skiing and snowboarding – particularly those who have never tried snowsports before, as well as providing opportunities for everyone to hit the slopes and get excited about the upcoming Olympic season.

30 Days of Snowsport will celebrate the start of the winter season with dedicated events at slopes and facilities across the country. So far there are 45 sessions on offer across many of the major slopes including The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Snozone Castleford and Milton Keynes, the SnowDome in Tamworth, Silksworth Ski Slope in Sunderland, Bracknell Ski Centre and Ski Kidsgrove in Staffordshire. More clubs and slopes are expected to join the initiative, with many of them running free or discounted taster and recreational sessions during the 30 Days.

At Silksworth Ski Slope in Sunderland, there are FREE roller ski and freestyle taster sessions on 22nd/23rd and 28th/ 29th October, Kidsgrove Ski Centre are putting on 30 minute free taster sessions on 14th October, at the SnowDome in Tamworth there are snowboarding taster sessions for £10 (from 8 years olds) on 14th/ 15th October and there is free coaching from Lions Ski Club at Snozone Castleford every Sunday of 30 Days of Snowsport.

As well as taster sessions, 30 Days of Snowsport events compromise of open days, races, competitions and freestyle events. These sessions are fun, family-friendly and open to all ages, with many of them suitable for beginners and those looking to take up a new sport. For people who already ski or snowboard, there will be a chance to get the ski legs back or have a go at something different – whether that be freestyle, ski racing, rollerskiing or another discipline.

30 Days of Snowsport is sponsored by Visit Andorra. A popular destination for first time skiers. This is the second year of the partnership, part of an ongoing programme with Snowsport England encouraging more people to try snowsports.

The initiative is just the start of a series of Snowsport England initiatives aimed at getting more people into skiing and snowboarding and ensuring the Winter Olympics is an opportunity not to be missed for snowsports in the UK. Snowsport England will be announcing plans of a Winter Olympics initiative later this month, as well as confirming the continuation of National Schools Snowsport Week in 2018.

All these initiatives form part of Snowsport England’s overall participation campaign GO SKI GO BOARD (www.goskigoboard.org.uk). The GO SKI GO BOARD website is a hub of everything to do with getting into snowsports.

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If you want to get involved or become a partner in any of Snowsport England’s initiatives, contact info@snowsportengland.org.uk.

First Grants Announced for Snowsport Athletes from Groundbreaking Fundraising Initiatives

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Two groundbreaking fundraising initiatives set up last autumn to support British ski and snowboard athletes have awarded their first set of grants to nine British snowsports athletes,  both at development and senior levels, as well as an additional grant to British Ski and Snowboard’s world-class coaching programmes.

The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation, established to support young skiers and snowboarders, and the British Snowsports Fund which sees British Ski and Snowboard work with the UK snowsports industry to ask recreational skiers and snowboarders for a contribution to help the UK’s future Winter Olympians, were launched last October.

These first set of grants, totalling £16,000, confirm the importance of the innovative new fundraising initiatives implemented for British snowsports and the vital role they will play in supporting British Ski and Snowboard’s vision to become one of the top five snowsport nations in the world by 2030. These initiatives sit alongside a number of other fundraising avenues being used by British Ski and Snowboard, including individual philanthropic support and corporate sponsorship.

The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation, a grant making charity which supports young snowsports athletes and programmes, ensuring financial constraints don’t prevent talented athletes from succeeding, has made its first grants to five young athletes. The grants for the selected athletes, who were chosen from a group nominated by the home nations governing bodies and British Ski and Snowboard, will specifically enable them to make progress that would not have been possible without the support of the Foundation. The athletes will use the financial support for activities such as attending training camps, or for travel to competitions.

The five athletes who have been awarded funding from the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation are:

Emma Peters, Ski Cross, 19, Tyne and Wear

Fin Bremner, Freestyle Snowboard, 18, Aberdeen

Lexi Rowlands, Freestyle Ski, 13, Chatham

Luca Mai Lane Hopkins, Freestyle Snowboard, 14, Swansea

Owen Vinter, 15, Alpine, Glasgow

 The British Snowsports Fund works with the UK snowsports industry to ask recreational skiers and snowboarders to make a small donation when purchasing their ski holiday or when buying kit and equipment. These donations will help athletes throughout their careers, support programmes that benefit elite athletes, and activities that encourage grassroots involvement in the sports.

With five months to go until the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, grants have been made to four athletes on British Ski and Snowboard programmes, and will be used to boost their preparation for the Games or their efforts to qualify. There will also be an additional grant awarded to the British Ski and Snowboard world-class coaching programme to enable newly hired coaches across all the snowsports disciplines to support the athletes ahead of the Games.

The athletes who have been awarded funding from the British Snowsports Fund are:

Andrew Young, Cross Country, 25, Huntly

Laurie Taylor, Alpine, 22, Basingstoke

Maisie Potter, Snowboard Cross, 20, Caernarfon

Molly Summerhayes, 20, Sheffield

Rory Tapner, Chairman of British Ski and Snowboard said: “We are proud, as a National Governing Body, to be innovating new ways of raising funds to support our athletes and programmes. As we work towards achieving our vision of the UK becoming one of the top five snowsport nations in the world by 2030, we will continue to work to find ways to fund the sport. I’d like to say thank you to the industry and their customers for their support of the British Snowsports Fund.”

Sir John Ritblat, Chairman of the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation said: “On behalf of the Trustees I am thrilled to be able to award our first grants. Our focus when allocating the grants has been to work with the athletes for whom our support will make the greatest impact, and we look forward to following their progress over this coming season. I would like to thank our generous donors who have made these grants possible, and would welcome any other gifts which we will use to support our athletes.”

Eleri Lane, mother of Luca Mai Lane Hopkins, said: “I am so grateful for the grant that the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation has awarded Luca Mai. Every parent wants to help their child fulfil their potential and make their dreams reality. This grant will help towards Luca Mai’s travel and training in Austria and enable her to compete in European competitions this coming season, and enable me to worry a little less financially.”

Andrew Young said“The British Snowsports Fund is a fantastic way of supporting the future of British snowsports. It allows elite athletes like myself to have world class programmes and focus on the sports aspect rather than finances. The financial support it offers will help British athletes compete on the world stage, and give them the confidence that their programme is matching the best teams in the world.”

 

To find out more information on the British National Ski and Snowboard Foundation visit www.bssnf.uk and for the British Snowsports Fund visit www.teambss.org.uk/british-snowsports-fund.

 

GB Park and Pipe snowboarders ready for World Cup after Ski Halfpipe concludes

Posted on 01/09/17 by Rare Management

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GB Park and Pipe snowboarders are set for this winter’s first Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup, which will be staged during the bi-annual Winter Games NZ in Cardrona.

The event follows the Ski Halfpipe World Cup which ran today. After yesterday’s qualifying rounds were called off due to low visibility, today began with qualifying heats for the 35 Men with the top ten through to finals, and the 30 women going straight to finals. In the Ladies’, Molly Summerhayes finished 17th overall, and Madi Rowlands 28th. The podium was made up of Canada’s Cassie Sharpe taking first, 15 year old Kelly Sildaru (EST) in second, and Marie Martinod, from France, third.

In the men’s, Pete Speight finished 18th, Murray Buchan 22nd, and Alexander Glavatsky Yeadon returning from injury placed 35th meaning they did not progress to finals. The top podium spot was taken by USA’s Alex Ferreira, Kevin Rolland (FRA) was second and Simon D’Artois (CAN) third.

Snowboard World Cup Qualification begins on Sunday 3rd September with finals on Monday 4th September on the creative Slopestyle course, which has been shaped by moving tons of snow in and around Cardrona’s snowpark.

 

GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod and Aimee Fuller will line up against a star-studded field in the women’s competition, which also features reigning Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (USA) and Big Air World Champion Anna Gasser (AUT).

 

In the men’s competition, Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick, will go up against the likes of two-time World Champion Seppe Smits (BEL) and 2017 Crystal Glove winner Red Gerard (USA).

 

The Winter Games NZ World Cup is one of three remaining slopestyle competitions prior to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

 

You can follow the action of the GB Park and Pipe athletes on social media:

www.facebook.com/GBParkAndPipe

www.Instagram.com/GBParkAndPipe

www.twitter.com/GBParkAndPipe 

Competition hots up as Championship Ski & Snowboard passes midway point

Posted on 30/08/17 by Rare Management

The second season of Championship Ski and Snowboard will be just as closely fought as the first, as the best young talent in UK freestyle snowboarding and skiing battle it out in the summer video league with two more rounds to go.

Six ski and six snowboard teams from slopes across the UK are currently going head to head in Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), which was launched last year by GB Park and Pipe as a ground-breaking concept aimed at aiding the development of young freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Sponsored by The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham and Delancey, CSS features 64 skiers and 52 snowboarders, with 61 of the competitors aged 16 or under. The youngest competitor is just five years old, and there are two seven-year-old riders this season. For 2017, CSS has welcomed two new teams, a snowboard team from Warmwell and a ski team from Braehead. The rest of the league is made up with teams from The Snow Centre (Hemel), Snow Factor (Braehead), Aberdeen, Tamworth SnowDome, Stoke and the 2016 Champions, Bearsden.

After three rounds, the CSS Snowboard league is a very close call. With just two rounds to go, Bearsden, Braehead and Aberdeen look likely to be battling it out for first and second place. In the CSS Ski League, Bearsden will be almost impossible to knock off top spot, but second place is all to play for, with Braehead, Stoke, Aberdeen and Tamworth all still in contention. There have been some stand out moments including Chris McCormick’s rail trick in the Bearsden v Hemel ski round (http://ski.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-hemel-v-bearsden/) and Bearsden’s EX tricks in round 3 of the Snowboard contest v Tamworth (http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-tamworth-v-bearsden/).

The teams are competing for the first place prize money of £2000, and the runners up prize of £1000, where 50% of both prizes have to be spent on slope improvements. Last year’s winners Bearsden invested their prize money in two new rail features, which are clearly having an impact on the standard of riding. This year also sees The Snowboard Asylum and Ellis Brigham generously donating £1000 in gift vouchers, which will be split between various category winners.

CSS Micro Machines has also been running throughout the summer, proving more popular than ever before. Aimed at snowboarders and skiers aged 12 and under, CSS Micro Machines is a one off competition running throughout the school holidays, where young riders can submit video footage of their best tricks to the CSS judges. There is still time to enter with a deadline of 4th September.  For more info on Micro Machines visit http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/micro-machines-is-back/

Head Snowboard Coach of GB Park and Pipe, Hamish McKnight, said after the mid-way point: As this second year of CSS progresses, we are seeing some impressive standout moments. For me the most important impact of CSS is the standard continually rising across all the teams who take part, as they get together more and more to practice and enjoy filming for the league. We are also seeing more young kids showing up and being welcomed straight into their local scenes and team.”

CSS, which is organised by GB Park and Pipe, would not happen without the support of Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales as well as sponsors and partners The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey, The National Lottery and UK Sport.

To see all the CSS Ski matches:

http://ski.cssleague.co.uk/category/events/

 

To see all the CSS Snowboard matches:

http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/category/events/

 

Or get involved by following CSS on social:

https://www.facebook.com/cssleague/

https://www.instagram.com/cssleague_uk/

British Ski & Snowboard launch new Moguls programme

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Tom Gerken Schofield actionBritish Ski and Snowboard has launched a new Moguls programme aimed at developing and supporting senior British Moguls skiers on their journey towards success at World Class competitions.

In launching another new programme following the appointment of Performance Director Dan Hunt, it signifies British Ski and Snowboard’s commitment to widen its medal impact at World Championships and Olympic Games and become podium competitive in all disciplines.

Over the last two seasons, young British Moguls skiers including Thomas Gerken-Schofield, Leonie Gerken-Schofield, Makayla Gerken-Schofield and Will Feneley have clocked up some good results at junior level, and Great Britain now have a small but talented crop of athletes ready to compete at World Cup level. British Ski and Snowboard are dedicated to support these athletes with the new Moguls programme, along with a new Moguls Head Coach.

In line with British Ski and Snowboard’s policy to appoint world-class coaches, Bertrand Couette has taken on the role of Head Coach. Former French Moguls Team Coach Couette has proven experience of coaching and succeeding at the highest level, and he will lead the new Moguls programme on a day to day basis.

As well as supporting the athletes who have the capability to qualify and perform in PyeongChang 2018 before aiming for medal success in Beijing 2022, British Ski and Snowboard are committed to the development of younger British athletes. Newly appointed Head of Talent, Mark Ritchie will work with Couette to help breed and bring through young British Moguls talent.

British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director Dan Hunt said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce that BSS now has a programme in place to support senior British Moguls skiers targeting success at World Championships and Olympic Games. Our goal within Moguls is very clear, and that is to become podium competitive by Beijing 2022. We believe that we now have the athletes capable of doing that and we want to support them in the best possible way. We are excited to be working with world-class coach Bertrand Couette, and believe he has the talent and skills to take the programme forward. Whilst PyeongChang 2018 is too soon to expect medal results, we hope that if we have athletes that qualify, they will gain invaluable Games-time experience.”  

For all the information on British Ski and Snowboard visit www.teambss.org.uk.

You can also follow British Ski and Snowboard on social media:

Instagram /britishskisnowboard

Twitter @TeamBSS, 

Facebook /BritishSkiandSnowboard 

 

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For more information contact British Ski and Snowboard Media Officer, Betony Garner on betony.garner@teambss.org / 07779 801 691

 

About British Ski & Snowboard

British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) is the National Governing Body for Skiing and Snowboarding in the United Kingdom.  It is recognised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and by the British Olympic Association.  It is a new organisation which has been set up – following the financial collapse of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation – under the aegis of the British Olympic Association. The British Olympic Association stepped in and launched BSS to ensure that British Athletes could continue to compete at International events. British Ski and Snowboard aims to see British skiers and riders on the podiums at world events in the next four to eight years. www.teambss.org.uk

 

About Delancey

British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) is supported by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company with over 25 years’ experience and a portfolio that covers retail, residential and commercial developments across London and the UK.

 

Delancey has spent much of the last few years bringing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics to life; making a pioneering step in the private rented sector to deliver over 3,000 homes for rent at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes Village; and revealing the UKs leading creative and digital hub at Here East, the former Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre, which will provide over 4,500 jobs on-site and an expected additional 2,000 jobs in the local area.

 

Delancey looks to support future generations via the provision of educational activities for young people, through involvement with Alpha Plus Group, National Portrait Gallery, Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge, Chess in Schools and the Communities, Snow-Camp and British Ski and Snowboard. For further information visit www.delancey.com

 

About the British Snowsports Fund

Over 1 million British people take  a ski or snowboard holiday each year, and the British Snowsports Fund asks them to support the UK’s future Winter Olympians. When making a purchase with one of our 25 confirmed industry partners, they are asked to add a small donation to support our elite teams, as well as younger athletes, and participation projects which increase the pool of talent in the country.

The British Snowsports Fund is on Twitter as @Brit_snowsports.

 

About the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation

The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation is a new grant-making charity which will provide financial support for talented young skiers and snowboarders. Grants will be available to cover costs such as competition travel and accommodation, coaching and equipment. It will also encourage grassroots participation in skiing and snowboarding by funding projects that offer young people ways of becoming involved in the sports and developing their talents.

www.bssnf.uk

Competition hots up as Championship Ski and Snowboard passes midway point

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The second season of Championship Ski and Snowboard will be just as closely fought as the first, as the best young talent in UK freestyle snowboarding and skiing battle it out in the summer video league with two more rounds to go.

Six ski and six snowboard teams from slopes across the UK are currently going head to head in Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), which was launched last year by GB Park and Pipe as a ground-breaking concept aimed at aiding the development of young freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Sponsored by The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham and Delancey, CSS features 64 skiers and 52 snowboarders, with 61 of the competitors aged 16 or under. The youngest competitor is just five years old, and there are two seven-year-old riders this season. For 2017, CSS has welcomed two new teams, a snowboard team from Warmwell and a ski team from Braehead. The rest of the league is made up with teams from The Snow Centre (Hemel), Snow Factor (Braehead), Aberdeen, Tamworth SnowDome, Stoke and the 2016 Champions, Bearsden. 

After three rounds, the CSS Snowboard league is a very close call. With just two rounds to go, Bearsden, Braehead and Aberdeen look likely to be battling it out for first and second place. In the CSS Ski League, Bearsden will be almost impossible to knock off top spot, but second place is all to play for, with Braehead, Stoke, Aberdeen and Tamworth all still in contention. There have been some stand out moments including Chris McCormick’s rail trick in the Bearsden v Hemel ski round (http://ski.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-hemel-v-bearsden/) and Bearsden’s EX tricks in round 3 of the Snowboard contest v Tamworth (http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-tamworth-v-bearsden/).

The teams are competing for the first place prize money of £2000, and the runners up prize of £1000, where 50% of both prizes have to be spent on slope improvements. Last year’s winners Bearsden invested their prize money in two new rail features, which are clearly having an impact on the standard of riding. This year also sees The Snowboard Asylum and Ellis Brigham generously donating £1000 in gift vouchers, which will be split between various category winners.

CSS Micro Machines has also been running throughout the summer, proving more popular than ever before. Aimed at snowboarders and skiers aged 12 and under, CSS Micro Machines is a one off competition running throughout the school holidays, where young riders can submit video footage of their best tricks to the CSS judges. There is still time to enter with a deadline of 4th September.  For more info on Micro Machines visit http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/micro-machines-is-back/

Head Snowboard Coach of GB Park and Pipe, Hamish McKnight, said after the mid-way point: “As this second year of CSS progresses, we are seeing some impressive standout moments. For me the most important impact of CSS is the standard continually rising across all the teams who take part, as they get together more and more to practice and enjoy filming for the league. We are also seeing more young kids showing up and being welcomed straight into their local scenes and team.” 

CSS, which is organised by GB Park and Pipe, would not happen without the support of Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales as well as sponsors and partners The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey, The National Lottery and UK Sport.

To see all the CSS Ski matches:

http://ski.cssleague.co.uk/category/events/

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods wins Ski Slopestyle World Cup in New Zealand

Posted on 28/08/17 by Rare Management

James ‘Woodsy’ Woods has won the first Ski Slopestyle World Cup of the season at the Winter Games NZ in Cardrona, New Zealand. 

After qualifying into the finals in second place, Woodsy overcame the windy conditions to put down clean runs and take the title against a strong field. Woodsy had won the equivalent Ski Slopestyle World Cup on the slopes of Cardrona two years ago. 

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples said after Woodsy’s win: “Conditions for the finals were really challenging. Conditions were constantly changing which seemed to catch a lot of the athletes out. Woodsy just did what he does best and was super clean on every feature with super technical tricks which were oozing with style. He smashed it.” 

James Woodsy Woods wins Winter Games NZ Ski Slopestyle World Cup

Brits Packages Released 1-8 April 2018

Posted on 21/08/17 by Rare Management

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The BRITS 2018 heads to its adopted home of LAAX, Switzerland for the British Snowboard & Freeski Championships from 1st – 8th April 2018, with holiday packages for this festival of snowsports now available online.

During the week, BRITS-goers have the chance to spectate or compete at the British Championships in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Snowboardcross/Skiercross, and Big Air, or shred the best freestyle parks in Europe before kicking back at the Apres Sessions in the Spring sun.

Our continuing partnership with LAAX ensures that we give our promising young athletes the very best stage whilst also attracting World-leading Team GB athletes such as James Woodsy Woods, Billy Morgan, Katie Summerhayes, Katie Ormerod and Madi Rowlands.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics just weeks before, and with Team GB presenting its largest and strongest freestyle squad, there is a very realistic chance that we could be welcoming some Olympic medallists to LAAX this April.

Accommodation and Lift Pass Packages for this epic week run Sunday 1st – Sunday 8th April and are currently available with a huge discount off their typically plush accommodation. For further information, bookings and competition registration, head to www.the-brits.com.

Swiss International Air Lines fly from all over the UK, and with FREE ski/snowboard carriage they offer very competitive rates to the closest airport, Zurich. Transfer options from multiple airports include the uber-efficient Swiss Travel System which from Zurich takes you by train around the beautiful lake to a connected bus service onto LAAX. Details at http://www.the-brits.com/laax/travel.

 

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Note to Editors

The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships – The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships welcomes seasoned pros, budding amateurs and first-timers. For years it has been pushing our professional athletes, whilst retaining an open-door policy for anyone wishing to give-it-a-go, and more recently for a growing number that just want more than a traditional winter holiday.

LAAX, Switzerland – no stranger to awards, for 4 years running LAAX has been voted ‘Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort’, and in 2016 was also voted, “World’s best freestyle resort”, thanks to its 224km of high-altitude slopes, epic tree runs, ultramodern lift system, family friendly set-up and award-winning resort complex – www.laax.com

For Further Information (BSS Press Office)

Please contact Betony Garner, betony.garner@teambss.org
UK mobile: +44 7779 801 691

GB Park and Pipe team announced for 2017/18 season

Posted on 17/08/17 by Rare Management

GB Park and Pipe Team 2017-18

British Ski and Snowboard has today announced the GB Park and Pipe team for both ski and snowboard for the 2017/18 season.

The GB Park and Pipe Snowboard team is made up of two women and six men, all looking to build on a hugely successful season in 2016/17. For the women, Katie Ormerod will be looking to continue her form into this winter following three World Cup podiums and an X Games bronze medal last season. She is joined by Aimee Fuller, who will be hoping to build upon her two fourth places in last season’s World Cups as she looks towards her second Winter Olympics.

For the men, snowboarders Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls will be aiming for their second Winter Olympics, whilst Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick will be hoping that they can perform at the start of the season to be considered for selection to Team GB. They are joined in the GB Park and Pipe Snowboard Team by two of the country’s rising snowboard stars Henry Shackleton and Fin Bremner.

The World Cup season kicks off for the Park and Pipe snowboarders on the 3rd September when the team will head to Cardrona, New Zealand to tackle the first Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. The start of the Snowboard Big Air World Cup circuit in Europe begins on 4th November with the first competition taking place in Copenhagen.

For the GB Park and Pipe skiers, seven women and seven men make up the team. Those concentrating on Ski Slopestyle, and for some athletes Big Air, will be Katie Summerhayes, Izzy Atkin, Madi Rowlands and Anna Vincenti. For the men James Woods, who was in brilliant form last season, winning an X Games gold in Big Air, will be joined by Tyler Harding, Cal Sandieson and Mike Rowlands.

In Ski Halfpipe, leading the charge towards PyeongChang 2018 for the men will be Murray Buchan, Pete Speight and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon. For the women, Rowan Cheshire, who started to come back into world-class form last season is joined by Madi Rowlands (who also competes in Slopestyle) and Molly Summerhayes.

The first Ski Slopestyle World Cup takes place on 26th/27th August in Cardrona, New Zealand followed by a Ski Halfpipe World Cup on 31st August/ 1st September. World Cup action begins in Europe in November with a Ski Big Air World Cup on 3rd November in Copenhagen, a Ski Slopestyle World Cup in Stubai on 25th/26th November then the first Halfpipe World Cup in Copper Mountain on 8th December.

GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager Lesley McKenna commented ahead of the forthcoming season: “This season will be another exciting and busy one for the GB Park and Pipe team. We have been working hard both on snow and off snow all summer, and we can’t wait to get out to the Southern Hemisphere to put in even more on-snow training ahead of the start of the European winter. We feel in a strong position and ready for the challenges that an Olympic season will bring. We are also indebted, as always, to UK Sport and the National Lottery for supporting our vision for GB Park and Pipe and British snowsports.” 

 GB Park and Pipe Team 2017/18:

Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air

  • Jamie Nichols*
  • Billy Morgan*
  • Rowan Coultas*
  • Matt McCormick
  • Henry Shackleton
  • Fin Bremner
  • Katie Ormerod*
  • Aimee Fuller*

Ski Slopestyle/ Big Air (N.B. Ski Big Air is not an Olympic discipline) 

  • James Woods*
  • Tyler Harding*
  • Cal Sandieson
  • Mike Rowlands
  • Izzy Atkin*
  • Katie Summerhayes*
  • Madi Rowlands*
  • Anna Vincenti*

Ski Halfpipe 

  • Murray Buchan*
  • Peter Speight*
  • Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon
  • Rowan Cheshire*
  • Madi Rowlands*
  • Molly Summerhayes

 

* UK Sport/ National Lottery funded athletes

Winter sports remain on track for record breaking Games in PyeongChang

Posted on 03/07/17 by Rare Management

After a successful 2016/17 season UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sport agency, remains confident Great Britain can achieve its best ever Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at PyeongChang 2018.

Following the third Annual Investment Review for winter sports in the PyeongChang investment cycle, it was confirmed that Ski and Snowboard will receive a National Lottery investment boost after demonstrating clear medal potential.

Ski and Snowboard has received two new Podium places for alpine skier Dave Ryding and cross country skier Andrew Musgrave.

Ryding achieved a 2nd place at the World Cup event in Kitzbühel, which was the best result by a British Alpine skier since 1981. Musgrave, who is supported by the sportscotland institute of sport, demonstrated Olympic medal potential at the Nordic World Ski Championship with a 4th place finish.

In addition, Freestyle skier Izzy Atkin has seen her Podium Potential place upgraded to Podium following her bronze medal at the World Championships. The changes mean the total award increase for Ski and Snowboard is £211,567 and two new disciplines with medal potential will now receive National Lottery investment.

 

Director of Performance Chelsea Warr, said: “Winter sports have had a strong 2016/17 season and their performances mean we remain on track for another record breaking Games in PyeongChang. Through the annual investment review process, we have identified ways to protect and enhance medal potential at PyeongChang 2018 and adjusted our investment accordingly so that we can be confident of more medals and medallists in South Korea to inspire the nation.”

Dan Hunt, Performance Director, British Ski and Snowboard, said: “British Ski and Snowboard are delighted to learn of the new National Lottery investment ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. We have worked closely with UK Sport to get to this point and we are proud to now have 16 athletes from three snowsports disciplines receiving investment

“The two new Podium places for Dave Ryding and Andrew Musgrave are testament to some solid world-class results from both of them, as well as years of hard work. Izzy Atkin also deserves her shift from Podium Potential to Podium place after a phenomenal season which included a World Championships Bronze.

“We will work carefully to ensure this National Lottery investment is focused on maximising the performances of our world-class athletes ahead of and during PyeongChang 2018, and we are grateful to UK Sport for helping us on our way to Korea.”

 

RYDING Dave

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