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Posted on 21/08/17 by Rare Management
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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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
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Posted on 17/08/17 by Rare Management
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
Ski Slopestyle/ Big Air (N.B. Ski Big Air is not an Olympic discipline)
* UK Sport/ National Lottery funded athletes
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.”
Posted on 23/05/17 by Rare Management
British Ski and Snowboard are pleased to announce the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team for the 2017/18 season. As we enter the start of an Olympic season, three World Cup athletes, six Europa Cup athletes, one FIS athlete and 17 Under-21 athletes will make up the 27-strong Delancey British Alpine Team.
Leading the charge is Slalom specialist Dave Ryding (30, Lancashire) who made history when he claimed the best World Cup finish for a British Alpine ski racer in 35 years after his second place finish in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Ryding finished the 2016/17 season 8th in the World Cup Slalom standings, and he will now go into the 2017/18 season ranked 9th in the world for Slalom, continuing to work with Tristan Glasse Davies and Ali Morton.
Alex Tilley (23, Aberdeenshire) will again be one to watch for the 2017/18 season, having already met qualification criteria for PyeongChang 2018 along with team mate Charlie Guest (23, Perthshire). Tilley and Guest will train together this season under coach Noel Baxter, making up the World Cup team alongside Ryding.
Photo: Vanessa Fry Photography
Photo: Vanessa Fry Photography
The Europa Cup team will be headed up by newly appointed coach Mike Pilarski, alongside Stefan Leitner, who was part of the British set up last year, and will consist of five male athletes, and one female athlete. Cara Brown (23, London) who had a strong end to last winter season after coming back from a knee injury, will continue to train with Orsatus Ski Racing. Then training together under Leitner and Pilarski for the 2017/18 season will be Laurie Taylor (21, Basingstoke), who finished an impressive 33rd in the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz, Billy Major (20, France), Charlie Raposo (21, London) and Nick Moynihan (23, East Sussex). Jack Gower (22, Chichester) will continue to train in the USA and compete both in the States and on the Europa Cup Circuit.
FIS Team athlete, 20-year-old Darcie Mead from Surrey, will be joined at FIS races by many of the Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team athletes, who will be looking to continue their development towards Europa Cup and World Cup ambitions. The Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team will consist of 17 athletes.
Delancey British Alpine Ski Team 2017/18:
World Cup Team:
Europa Cup Team:
Under 21 Team:
Delancey British Alpine Team Head Coach Reini Fernsebner said following the announcement: “We are currently in an exciting period for British Alpine Skiing, and working alongside BSS Performance Director Dan Hunt, we decided that bringing our athletes together in programmes, ensuring they can train together and benefit from pooled resources can only be a good thing. We are hugely indebted to our principle sponsor Delancey for all their support, and helping make these programmes a reality.”
The Delancey British Alpine Team is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. The Team is also supported by the British Snowsports Fund (www.bssnf.uk), a scheme which allows ski and snowboard fans to give a small donation to support our elite teams and younger athletes via one of the Fund’s industry partners, for example when buying a holiday or purchasing kit.
For all the information on British Ski and Snowboard visit www.teambss.org.uk.
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Posted on 18/05/17 by Rare Management
The English Indoor Moguls Championships begin this weekend at their new home of Snozone in Castleford, with entries open until 18th May. Taking place on Saturday 20th May, the country’s best Mogul skiers will descend on Yorkshire to tackle the purpose-built moguls course and show off their impressive skills.
Just under a month later, on Saturday 17th June, the English Slopestyle Championships will take place at the same venue, where hundreds of young skiers and snowboarders will battle it out on the kickers and rails, looking to be crowned English Champion.
Then on Saturday 29th July 2017, the English Ski/Snowboard Cross Championships also take place at Snozone, Castleford, an event which always sees some heart-stopping racing across a big and talented field of young snowboarders and skiers.
Entry to both the English Slopestyle and Ski/Snowboard Cross Championships are now open. All competitors can enter using the Snowsport England Entry system: https://entries.snowsportengland.org.uk/. If the athletes are members of Snowsport England, then they can use their Snowsport England Registration Number (also referred to as a BASS or BARTS number) to enter. Non-registered athletes can also enter by following the same link, filling in their contact information and creating an account. Entries close on 15th June for Slopestyle and 27th July for Ski/Snowboard Cross.
Moguls athletes can enter the English Moguls Championships via: https://form.jotformpro.com/31575745766972
The three English Indoor Championships not only allow young athletes at the top of their sport to challenge for the English titles, they also provide an excellent foundation for skiers and snowboarders new to competition to gain event experience and progress their snowsports career. The move to Snozone, Castleford will also allow for some exciting changes to the competition formats, which should make the events even more exciting for the young athletes.
Ian Findlay, Talent Lead at Snowsport England added “We are looking forward to getting started with the first of our English Indoor Championships in their new home of Snozone, Castleford this weekend. We are delighted that we are able to run an English Indoor Mogul Championships, and have the experts to build an impressive moguls course. We are then expecting big numbers of young competitors for both the Slopestyle and the Ski/Snowboard Cross Champs later in the spring.”
For information about each event, follow the relevant Facebook pages for announcements, reminders and photos of the event:
– Moguls, Facebook.com/EnglishMogulsChampionships
– Slopestyle, Facebook.com/EnglishSlopestyleChampionships
– Ski & Snowboard Cross, Facebook.com/EnglishSSBXChampionships
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Posted on 11/05/17 by Rare Management
British Ski and Snowboard has today announced the appointment of four new world-class coaches who will join Performance Director Dan Hunt’s team in their pursuit of long-term success, and the aim of becoming one of the world’s top five skiing and snowboarding nations by 2030.
Reini Fernsebner has been appointed the new Alpine Head Coach, Guillaume Nantermod will lead the GBX programme as Head Coach and two Cross Country Performance Coaches have come on board; Hans Kristian Stadheim in charge of endurance and Jostein Vinjerui leading the sprint athletes. They will form part of a senior coaching team across the snowsports disciplines, with GB Park and Pipe Head coaches Hamish McKnight (snowboard) and Pat Sharples (ski), continuing in their roles after a record-breaking season for the team. They will be supported by an Olympic Team Manager, Sophie Morrison, who will lead the performance operations across all Olympic disciplines.
Following a successful season as coach of the British Ski and Snowboard Europa Cup team, which included rising Alpine stars Laurie Taylor and Billy Major, Fernsebner has been appointed the overall Alpine Head Coach, overseeing the whole Delancey British Alpine Ski Team, including World Cup athletes Dave Ryding, Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest.
After close to 10 years as a professional skier racer, Austrian Fernsebner moved into coaching, working with the British Ski Team until 2010. Following over 10 years with the British team, he moved over to coach the Austrian Men’s World Cup Speed team until last season, when he took on the British Europa Cup team.
Fernsebner said following his new Head Coach appointment: “I have a big heart for British skiing, and I think now is the perfect time to get things going. I am excited to take on this role and push the whole team and not just work with a one or two man British team.
“We have a lot of hugely talented young athletes who are pushing the whole team forward. I am looking to install a real structure which will mean we are strong going into the 2018 Winter Olympics and even stronger and with a bigger team as we look towards Beijing 2022.”
British Ski and Snowboard will become the first ever country to run a joint Ski and Snowboard Cross national programme, with ex-Snowboard Cross World Champion Guillaume Nantermod heading up its development. As well as supporting World Cup athletes, including Snowboard Cross athlete Zoe Gillings-Brier and Ski Cross athlete Emily Sarsfield in their pursuit of Winter Olympic success, Nantermod will also oversee the development of the younger Ski and Snowboard Cross athletes.
Nantermod, who is from Morgins in Switzerland, has been personal coach of Swiss Ski Cross athlete Fanny Smith, who won 27 podiums including a World Championships title, over the last nine years. He has also been Head Coach of the Fanny Smith Academy for the last five years.
With a unique mix of experience in Snowboard Cross as an athlete, and Ski Cross as a coach, Nantermod is ready to take on a new challenge: “I’m very exited about this new long term project with British Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross. I hope I can bring my experience and knowledge and combine it with the existing staff and athletes to create a programme that will create future champions.
“My first job will be to provide the athletes who are on the road to PyeongChang 2018 with the best support possible. I will then be looking at working with all the ski and snowboard cross athletes together to combine training in order to pick up all advantages from both disciplines. I want to create a good base of the performance pyramid to offer to the young generation the best training possible. It will need to be fun and professional to reach success. Some of those competitors are only 12 and those kids are the future! I can’t wait to see them all on snow”
With British Ski and Snowboard already running a strong cross country programme in the form of British Nordic, it is hoped that two new Performance Coaches – one for endurance and one for sprint, will bring their experience to the World Cup team.
Hans Kristian Stadheim joins British Nordic as the Endurance Performance Coach, bringing with him over 12 years of coaching experience in his home country, Norway. He will move over to coach the British athletes after a season as Head Coach at Team Leaseplan Tigers in Norway and before that coaching the two-time Norwegian Champions in relay, Lyn Ski. He has coached three of the current Norwegian team athletes and was also involved in an Under 23 World Championships gold medal.
Stadheim said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with a small nation that have the talent to win medals at World Cup and Olympic level. I can’t wait to be part of the journey and help contribute to the development of the athletes. I want to help Great Britain to become a nation to be reckoned with in Cross Country – not only in the build up to PyeongChang, but also as we work towards Beijing 2022.”
The new Sprint Performance Coach comes in the form of Norwegian Jostein Vinjerui, who has already been working with British athlete Andrew Young. He has previously coached the Norwegian Ski Federation’s Regional team, coached three athletes who now ski on the Norwegian National team and helped win two Under 23 World Championship medals. Before this was, Vinjerui was the coach of the Icelandic National Team for two seasons.
Vinjerui said ahead of starting his new role: “I have big aspirations for the British Cross Country team. I know that the athletes are serious and very passionate, with the two Andrew’s already world-class skiers. I am very happy to work with Hans Kristian to help develop the team towards PyeongChang and beyond, and also look to help them win medals.”
To support all the teams and athletes will be new Olympic Team Manager, Sophie Morrison who moves into the role after five years at British Ski and Snowboard. Morrison will head up all operations for the Olympic snowsport disciplines for major Championships and specifically PyeongChang 2018, working closely with the Head Coaches and Performance Director.
Performance Director Dan Hunt explained more about the strategy behind the appointments: “We said we wanted to put in place a world-class coaching structure for each Olympic discipline, and this is the first step in doing this. We have appointed four of the world’s best coaches in their disciplines, who will look start to develop long term plans geared towards medal success. I am confident we have made clever appointments, and along with our new Olympic Team Manager, theses appointments will compliment our already successful GB Park and Pipe coaching set up.”
These new appointments have been made possible by money coming in from British Ski and Snowboard’s principle sponsor, Delancey, as well as two new fundraising initiatives, which were launched in 2016 – the British Snowsports Fund and charity British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation.
More funds will need to be raised through these channels in order to achieve British Ski and Snowboard’s long-term vision. The British Snowsports Fund asks the UK’s recreational skiers and snowboarders to make a small donation to the country’s future Winter Olympians when they make a purchase with one of our confirmed industry partners. And the grant-making charity, the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation, aims to support young talented skiers and snowboarders as well aiming to increase grassroots participation in the sports.
Top achievements British Ski and Snowboard athletes – season 2016/17:
– Best ever season for British skiers and snowboarders
– 15 World Cup podiums (8 Park and Pipe, 6 Telemark, 1 Alpine)
– 2 World Cup wins (Park and Pipe)
– 3 World Championships podiums (2 Park and Pipe, 1 Telemark)
– 3 X Games medals (Park and Pipe)
– Katie Ormerod – 1st Moscow World Cup – First female Snowboard Big Air World Cup win for Great Britain
– Isabel Atkin – 1st Silvaplana World Cup – First female Ski Slopestyle World Cup win for Great Britain
– Dave Ryding – 2nd Kitzbuhel World Cup – first British Alpine skier to claim a World Cup podium in 35 years
– Jasmin Taylor – Six Telemark World Cup podiums
– Andrew Musgrave – 4th Nordic World Championships – best ever World Championships finish for a British Cross Country skier
For all the information on British Ski and Snowboard visit www.teambss.org.uk.
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Posted on 05/05/17 by Rare Management
British Ski and Snowboard is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, is the new royal patron of British Ski and Snowboard, the National Governing Body for Snowsports.
The announcement of British Ski and Snowboard’s new patronage follows the most successful ever season for British Ski and Snowboard, which included 15 World Cup podiums, of which two were wins from GB Park and Pipe athletes, three World Championship podiums, three X-Games medals, Great Britain’s best ever Cross Country World Championships result and the best finish in an Alpine World Cup from a British skier in 35 years.
Last month, The Earl of Wessex attended the 2017 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes, France where he witnessed Great Britain’s best Alpine skiers compete against the international rising stars of the sport, and presented medals to the race winners.
Photo: Vanessa Fry Photography
Sir John Ritblat, President of British Ski and Snowboard and from the principal sponsor Delancey commented: “With the Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, this is a tremendously exciting time for British snowsports. We are delighted that His Royal Highness will be supporting the journey of our athletes to emulate the success of their summer sports compatriots at the upcoming Games and in the years to come.”
British Ski and Snowboard announced a long-term vision for British snowsports in February 2017, with the date marking one year to go until the next Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Aiming to become one of the world’s top five skiing and snowboarding nations by 2030, British Ski and Snowboard have mapped out a clear strategy to challenge for world class and Olympic medals in all skiing and snowboarding disciplines. This vision will be supported by sponsorship and fundraising from the British Snowsports Fund and British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation which were both launched in 2016.
For information on British Ski and Snowboard visit www.teambss.org.uk.
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Posted on 25/04/17 by Rare Management
Over two thousand children are expected to get their first taste of skiing and snowboarding next week as part of the second ever National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra (www.nssw.co.uk).
Taking place from 24-30 April 2017 the Snowsport England initiative, which is backed by Winter Olympians Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Dave Ryding, Aimee Fuller and Graham Bell, aims to give young people the chance to experience the exhilaration of snowsports for the first time.
25 slopes across the country will offer schools and school-aged children ski and snowboard taster sessions throughout the week, as well as other winter activities including rollerskiing, luging and sno-tubing. All the sessions will be at affordable prices, with many slopes including Runcorn and Silksworth in Sunderland offering sessions for as little as £1, or even for free in Tamworth and Norfolk.
National Schools Snowsport Week ambassador Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards commented ahead of the week: “I started skiing when I was 13 and have lived and breathed it for my whole life. I am proof that anyone – no matter what their age or background is – can get into snowsports. I am proud to support National Schools Snowsport Week and hope it brings lots of young people into our brilliant sport.”
Delancey British Alpine Team skier Dave Ryding said: “It will be brilliant to see so many children trying skiing for the first time next week. I started skiing on a dry slope when I was at school and loved getting out on the slopes whenever I could. It is so addictive, and even though I have been doing it all my life, I never get bored, it is such a great sport.”
Winter Olympian and GB Park and Pipe Snowboarder Aimee Fuller has been a long-term supporter of the initiative: “Both skiing and snowboarding have so much to give socially and are a great way to stay active. If you wanted to consider taking up skiing or snowboarding as a profession, the younger the better, but it’s never too late! Being able to start at school is the perfect intro.”
Graham Bell, five-time Olympian and presenter of BBC’s Ski Sunday commented: “I wish every child could have the chance to give snowsports a go and enjoy that feeling of sliding down a slope, adrenalin rushing through your body. National Schools Snowsports Week is such a great idea and I hope that those children who get the chance to try it during the week will keep coming back.”
Slopes participating in National Schools Snowsport Week 2017:
Ackers Adventure, Birmingham
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton
Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot
Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre
Chill Factore, Manchester
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Gosling Ski and Board Centre
Norfolk Snowsports Club
Precise Racing at Brentwood
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre
Rollerskiing at Dorney Lake, Eaton
Runcorn Snowsports Centre
Sandown Snowsports Centre
Silksworth Ski Slope
Snozone Milton Keynes
Stoke Ski Centre
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead and Hemel Ski Racing Club
To find out more about sessions at each slope visit www.nssw.co.uk .
You can also engage with National Schools Snowsport Week on social media using the #SchoolSnowsport hashtag or by following the action on Facebook/SnowsportEngland, on Twitter @SnowsportEng and on Instragram @snowsportengland.
Posted on 12/04/17 by Rare Management
Following the conclusion of The BRITS 2017, eight young skiers and snowboarders walked away with ‘Ritblat Endeavour Awards’ from the first ever CSS at the Brits sponsored by Delancey competition. All riders under 18 were in with the chance of claiming the prize, which was awarded to the young gun performing the best trick of the day in the Picture Ski and Snowboard Big Air competitions, whether in warm-up, qualification or finals.
In the Picture Ski Big Air, overall winner, 16-year-old Justin Taylor-Tipton from Stoke, landed the top prize and £500, and in second was 15-year-old Tom Greenway from Tamworth, who landed a dub 10 safety to claim the £250 cheque from Delancey. For the girls, sisters Kirsty (12) and Fiona Muir (10) both from Aberdeen couldn’t be beaten as their tricks sealed them the two CSS at the Brits prizes, with Kirsty winning £500 and Fiona £250. The ski edit from CSS at the Brits is now available on the CSS Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cssleague/videos/2284837791741527/
Kirsty Muir commented after the prizegiving: “It feels so good to have won the CSS prize. I was really pleased with my tricks today on the big jump and it was amazing to be on the podium again. I had the prize in the back of my mind, but I just wanted to do my best and have fun today. I will definitely use the money for my skiing, it is so great to have won it. It has just been the best week at the BRITS.”
Justin Tipton Taylor said: “It was in the back of my mind that I could have been in with a chance of winning the CSS prize, but I was just enjoying myself. The money will be massively helpful to me, especially to pay for flights to competitions and training, which can be expensive. I train a lot at Stoke and also Hemel, but being able to come overseas to train is also hugely important.”
In the Snowboard Big Air, 17-year-old Ciaran Tucker from Bearsden came out on top to claim first prize in the men’s competition and the £500 cheque, with 13 year old Leon Drynan, from Braehead taking £250 for second place. For the girls, 16 year old Cerys Allen from Hemel impressed the judges to be awarded first place and claim the £500 cheque, and just behind her was the ever-impressive 10 year old Mia Brookes from Chill Factore, Manchester. The snowboard edit from CSS at the Brits is now available on the CSS Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cssleague/videos/2284891391736167/
Cerys Allen couldn’t hide her delight at taking the top prize: “I am so happy, honestly I am so stoked. I was really pleased I landed the 720 in finals. It is really cool to have something else to focus on when you are riding as well, and a real incentive with the prize money, which we don’t always get.”
Ciaran Tucker said: “It’s amazing to have won this prize. I thought I might have been in with a chance, but I was just trying to do my best. We don’t often get to compete for prize money in the younger age categories, so it was definitely a good incentive. At Bearsden we are just like a big group of friends, and we are always pushing each other, no matter on our ages. It is great to come to The BRITS and do it on snow.”
‘CSS at the BRITS’ is sponsored by real estate investment and advisory company Delancey and is an extension of the thriving Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) league, which was launched last year at slopes across the UK. The nationwide competition, which aims to grow and nurture young British freestyle ski and snowboard talent saw 64 snowboarders and 70 skiers from 12 teams take part in the competition, with each team uploading their videos of tricks after each match, aiming to come out top of the CSS snowboard or ski league.
The launch of CSS at the BRITS was made possible by sponsor Delancey, who wanted to bring the CSS concept out to the Alps and give young riders another chance to show their progression, and be rewarded for their development. The winners of the four prizes were judged by a panel of high profile judges, including the Head GB Park and Pipe coaches. The top two tricks in ski and snowboard based on difficulty, execution, amplitude and landing for males and females were selected.
Hamish McKnight, Head Snowboard Coach of GB Park and Pipe and the brain behind CSS said: “CSS at the Brits was a real success. It gave the young skiers and snowboarders competing in the Big Air events another focus and even more of an appetite to push the boundaries of freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The level of competition was high, with all of the winners impressing the judges and the crowds, including the other athletes watching. A huge thanks to Delancey for making this competition possible and we know that the money these young athletes have won will help them continue to progress.”
Jamie Ritblat, Founder and CEO of Delancey, said following the prize givings: “Delancey is proud to sponsor the first Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) league, which supports young British Ski & Snowboard athletes who have real potential to excel.
We were delighted to introduce the Ritblat Endeavour Awards to CSS at the BRITS in Laax and hope that by running a competition that allows young athletes to showcase their skills and push their limits, will also inspire more young athletes to achieve their snowsport ambition.
“As we enter our seventh year as Principal Sponsor of British Ski & Snowboard, we are not only focused on our top performance athletes, but also invested in nurturing grassroots talent throughout the UK.
For more information about the BRITS visit www.the-brits.com, for more information on Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) visit www.cssleague.co.uk and for more information on Delancey visit www.delancey.com
If you would like to download the Ski and Snowboard edits from CSS at the Brits, you can do so here: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/
Posted on 10/04/17 by Rare Management
As the sunshine blessed the final day of the BRITS 2017, it was another spectacular day of world-class skiing, this time in the Picture Ski Big Air. With the level of riding sky high, it was a tough day for the judges not just to select the winners of the Picture Ski Big Air, but also to decide which young guns would be awarded the brand new ‘CSS at the BRITS sponsored by Delancey’ prizes for the best tricks throughout the day, including in warm-up.
With the weather meaning the competition could consist of two qualification runs ahead of a 12-man super final, there was plenty of chance for the top riders to try and throw down their best tricks. With the standard in the men’s competition world-class, it was Justin Taylor-Tipton, fresh from the World Junior Freestyle Championships, who impressed the judges with his perfect dub 12 mute in the second run of the super final, following his first run of a dub cork 10 mute. Despite falling on his second run in the super final, Monty Wright landed a steezy switch dub 10 safety on his first run, which sealed him the silver medal. In bronze medal position was Mike Rowlands, who claimed his second podium of the BRITS 2017, putting down a dub 10 mute with a nose grab on both his first and second super final runs. With the three up and coming skiers keeping big names such as Tyler Harding, who couldn’t make the grab on his dub 12 blunt into safety, off the podium, it was a signal that British freeskiing is a good hands.
Taylor-Tipton said after taking the title: “I am stoked to win. I thought I might have got the win, but everyone was doing doubles, so I wasn’t sure. I knew I had to step it up which is why I went for the 12. I can’t believe it really, but I am super happy.”
Haydn Fiori and Tom Greenway showed why they are both rising stars, as they were the only two under 16 skiers to make the men’s super final. There were also impressive performances from Under 18 athlete Sam Gaskin who landed a clean cork 7 safety, and Under 12 skier David Gornall who again was top of his age-group with a 720 off the medium kicker.
In the ladies’ competition, it was a carbon copy of the Ski Slopestyle podium, as GB Park and Pipe skier Katie Summerhayes took top spot again with her 9 Japan, which she threw down on the first run of the super final. Very close behind Katie was 12 year old Kirsty Muir, who again showed just how much she has impressed as she hit the bigger kicker, landing a clean 720 mute on her first run and a 900 on her second super final run. Taking bronze medal position again was 10 year old Fiona Muir who threw down a super clean 360 safety on her first run, again impressing both the judges and crowds. Just missing out on a podium place was Olivia Burke who skied well in both qualification and the final.
Summerhayes was delighted with her second gold of the BRITS: “I am very happy with another gold. It is the end of the season, so I was just keeping it mellow. I had other things up my sleeve, but I didn’t push it today, but is great to have Big Air back at the Brits.”
Today also saw four skiers walk away with prizes from the first ever ‘CSS at the Brits sponsored by Delancey’ competition. All riders under 18 were in with the chance of claiming the prize, which was awarded to the young gun performing the best trick of the day, whether in warm-up, qualification or finals. For the men, overall winner Justin Taylor-Tipton walked away with the top prize and £500 at just 16 years old, and in second was 15 year old Tom Greenway who landed a dub 10 safety with ease to claim the £250 cheque from Delancey. For the girls, sisters Kirsty (12) and Fiona Muir (11) couldn’t be beaten as their tricks sealed them the two CSS at the Brits prizes, with Kirsty winning £500 and Fiona £250.
CSS at the Brits was born out of the success of the first ever Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS) league, which ran on UK slopes last spring and summer. Delancey wanted to bring support for the young riders to the slopes, with ‘CSS at the Brits’ allowing young athletes to showcase their skills and push their limits as well as inspire more young athletes to achieve their snowsport ambition.
Kirsty Muir commented after the prizegiving: “It feels so good to have won the CSS prize. I was really pleased with my tricks today on the big jump and it was amazing to be on the podium again. I had the prize in the back of my mind, but I just wanted to do my best and have fun today. I will definitely use the money for my skiing, it is so great to have won it. It have just been the best week at the BRITS.”
Picture British Ski Big Air Championships Results
1st – Justin Taylor-Tipton 1st – Katie Summerhayes
2nd – Monty Wright 2nd – Kirsty Muir
3rd – Mike Rowlands 3rd – Fiona Muir
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