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Weekend World Cup Round-Up

Posted on 13/11/17 by Rare Management

Silver for Ormerod in Milan and near miss from Ryding in Levi

It was quite a weekend for British snowsports, with skiing and snowboarding fans across the country glued to their screens on both Saturday and Sunday as GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod claimed second place in the opening Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Milan on Saturday night, and Dave Ryding coming close to making history after leading the Slalom World Cup in Levi after the first run, only to ski out half way down the second run on Sunday.

FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup – Milan, Italy

The impressive Big Air jump in Milan saw some equally impressive performances from the snowboarders who were competing for World Cup glory this weekend. GB Park and Pipe’s Katie Ormerod showed no sign of the back injury she sustained last season, pulling out cab 900 mutes and backside 720 mutes to take the silver medal behind Austria’s Anna Gasser.

After qualifying for the six-woman final earlier in the day in fifth place, Ormerod was up against a high-quality field in the six-woman final that didn’t disappoint. Ormerod put in two solid jumps in the first two rounds, meaning she went into the final round leading the field, but Austrian Anna Gasser’s final jump was just too good, and she eventually triumphed, scoring a total of 160.25, with Ormerod claiming the silver with 143.25 and Sina Candrian from Switzerland taking bronze with a score of 130.25.

“I’m really pleased with silver today at the first World Cup Big Air of the season” said Ormerod after claiming second. “It really boosts my confidence going forward into such a busy and important few months”.

Ormerod’s teammate Aimee Fuller couldn’t match her performance from last season when she came 4th  in Milan, scoring 51.25 on her best jump in qualification and missing out on the finals. She finished​16th overall.

The men’s event was highly competitive, but GB Park and Pipe’s Matt McCormick looked impressive in qualification, landing his second jump which scored him 73.00. With only 10 men out of the 51-man field going through to the final, McCormick eventually finished 7th​ in his qualification heat and 19th​ overall, a great result for the young Scot.

FIS Alpine Slalom World Cup – Levi, Finland

Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Dave Ryding was on the verge of a historic win in Levi, Finland yesterday as he impressed in the Slalom World Cup, taking top position after the first run by 0.14 seconds. As the race leader, Ryding was the last man down the foggy Finnish course on run two, however after looking strong on the first part of the course and 0.51 seconds ahead after the second split, Ryding caught an inside edge, coming out of the course and unfortunately clocking a DNF.

“It wasn’t the best of days overall”, said Ryding after the race. “But I have to take some positives from my performance. I went out there and put out what I have got, and it shows that myself and my team have been doing something right over the summer in training. It is a shame not to come away from today with some points, but sometimes slalom can be cruel. 

“Going into the second run I knew it was tight and I had to attack. When you are racing you are never sure whether you are up or down on the timing so you just have to go for it. I started the pitch the way I know I can, but halfway down my inside ski just went away from me and that was it. I just have to put the disappointment to one side now and carry on believing in myself. I will pick myself up and get back to training before the next World Cup in four weeks.”

Ryding’s teammate Laurie Taylor who was competing in his second-ever World Cup had a fantastic start in run one, but couldn’t hold on and skied out of the course. Although disappointing, it is all good experience for the 21-year-old who finished 33rd in the Slalom at the World Championships at the end of last season.

In the Ladies Slalom World Cup on Saturday, Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Charlie Guest finished the first run in 51st place, meaning she didn’t progress to the second run, but showed that she can hold her own on the World Cup circuit. Unfortunately her teammate Alex Tilley wasn’t able to finish run one, clocking her second DNF of the season.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are 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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Ormerod claims silver at opening Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Milan

Posted on 13/11/17 by Rare Management

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GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod (20) has claimed second place at the opening World Cup of the season for Snowboard Big Air in Milan.

After a phenomenal season in 2016-17 where she finished second overall in the World Cup standings, Ormerod continued to impress in Milan, throwing down her cab 900 mute and backside 720 mute.

After qualifying for the six-woman final earlier in the day in fifth place, Ormerod was up against a high quality field that didn’t disappoint.

Despite Ormerod going into the final round leading the field, it was Austrian Anna Gasser who eventually triumphed, scoring a total of 160.25, with Ormerod claiming the silver with 143.25 and Sina Candrian from Switzerland taking bronze with a score of 130.25.

“I’m really pleased with silver today at the first World Cup Big Air of the season” said Ormerod after claiming second. “It really boosts my confidence going forward into such a busy and important few months”.

Seven British Ski and Snowboard athletes head for World Cups this weekend

Posted on 10/11/17 by Rare Management

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The competitive snowsports season moves into full swing this weekend with seven British athletes set to compete at two FIS World Cup events.

Following a disrupted start two weeks ago in Austria, the Alpine World Cup moves on to Levi in Finland with Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest in action, whilst the Snowboard Big Air World Cup season gets underway in Milan, Italy after the event scheduled for Copenhagen last weekend was cancelled. Competing for GB Park and Pipe will be Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller and Matt McCormick.

FIS Alpine World Cup – Levi, Finland

Saturday 11 November: Ladies Slalom – Charlie Guest & Alex Tilley
Sunday 12 November: Men’s Slalom – Dave Ryding & Laurie Taylor

The Delancey British Alpine Ski Team will have four athletes taking on the Slalom course in Levi, headlined by Dave Ryding who produced a breakout performance at the same race twelve months ago.

While Ryding’s 2016/17 campaign will be remembered by most for his second place finish at Kitzbühel in January, a sixth-place finish in Finland set up his career-best season from the opening event.

With a current world ranking of 10, the two-time Olympian has his sights set on PyeongChang 2018 with that journey taking a significant step forward this weekend.

“As ever the start of the season is always pretty nervy with the anticipation and excitement, but I know I have put the hard work in,” said Ryding. “I know I am giving myself every chance by putting in the hours this summer in both Europe and Argentina. I am looking forward to this weekend to see what is in store and what everyone else is bringing to the table.”

Ryding will be joined in the Men’s event by Laurie Taylor who is getting his second taste of World Cup action. The 21-year-old showed his promise by finishing 33rd in the Slalom at the World Championships this year and hopes are high for a successful season.

The Ladies event on Saturday will feature another pair of Delancey British Alpine Ski Team members in Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest.

Tilley started her season a fortnight ago at Sölden in the Giant Slalom, and while she did not complete her first run in what proved to be challenging conditions for all competitors, she did clock impressive times through the first two splits.

The two-time National Slalom Champion will also take confidence from an impressive finish to last season where she took five top-five finishes in FIS and Nor-Am Cup races in March and April.

Guest did not line up in Austria, however she is now looking for a strong result to launch her season into top gear. Reflecting one of her best off-season’s in years, the 23-year-old is hoping to start her season in style.

“This summer has been one of the best I have had for a long time,” said Guest. “We’ve done a lot of training in so many different conditions that I am feeling really ready for the season to get started. As for Levi, I am going in with everything I have and will go 100% at it.”

Both events are scheduled for broadcast on Eurosport 1 from 9:45am on Saturday and Sunday.

FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup – Milan, Italy

Saturday 11 November: Ladies Big Air – Aimee Fuller & Katie Ormerod
Saturday 11 November: Men’s Big Air – Matt McCormick

With Snowboard Big Air being introduced to the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in 2018, this season’s World Cup is primed to be the best yet with athletes from all over the globe vying to qualify for PyeongChang 2018.

GB Park & Pipe will have two ladies and one man competing in Saturday’s season-opener in Milan and expectations will be high following strong results in Italy last year.

Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod both return to Milan after top 10 finishes in 2016, with Fuller finishing just off the podium in what remains a career-best fourth position in Big Air.

Ormerod has high hopes this year after a stellar 2016/17 season where she finished second overall on the World Cup standings following three podium finishes including a January victory in Moscow.

The 20-year-old comes into the event back in full fitness after an off-season of rehabilitation following a back injury in the lead-up to the World Championships.

After qualifying for Sochi 2014 in Slopestyle, Fuller is looking towards a second Olympic Winter Games and she currently sits inside the top 20 on the Big Air rankings.

“Summer training has gone well in both New Zealand and on the European glaciers”, said Fuller. “I am feeling strong, on top of my board, and excited to get my first Big Air contest of the season underway this weekend. Last Winter Milan was one of my favourite events, finishing in the final Top 5. My main focus between now and February is building up the best momentum ready for the Games, using the contests to build my competition experience and focusing on best preparing the tricks I want to perform in February ready for then.”

The men’s event is expected to be highly competitive with Matt McCormick the sole British representative.

McCormick will be looking to make his mark after debuting on the World Cup scene last year. The 20-year-old’s standout results in Big Air last season came with a top 20 in Moscow and 27th at the World Championships.

The FIS Big Air World Cup Finals are scheduled for broadcast on Eurosport 2 from 5:45pm on Saturday.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are 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.

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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 

Slide online registration is LIVE

Posted on 08/11/17 by Rare Management

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Slide, the annual snowsport tradeshow, takes place from 23-25 January 2018 in Telford and is run by SIGB (Snowsport Industries of Great Britain).

 Visitor registration for the show is now live online at http://www.slideuk.co.uk/visitor-tickets/ and visitors are urged to prepare now by taking advantage of preferential hotel rates that have been negotiated. Booking info is here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/hotels/

 More than 70 companies, representing almost 200 different brands, have booked up for Slide, to show their products for next winter. Visitors can contact exhibitors to make appointments through the exhibitor listing http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-list/

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

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

Slide, as a successful annual show for the wintersport trade, has many returning exhibitors, but there are always newcomers joining the industry for the first time, or existing brands who have concluded that attending Slide will improve their sales prospects for the following season. Notable newcomers for 2018 include:  Maier, Kamik, Mammut, Tenson, Saxx, Trixski, Blossom Skis, Vola, Croc Ski to name but a few. For a full list of confirmed exhibitors and their contact details, go here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-list/

The first evening of the show is the main social evening, which will have a revised format for 2018. Details will be confirmed as the show approaches. On Wednesday evening, Slide hosts the AGM of the SIGB, quickly followed by an Open Forum on all aspects of the industry, as well as the presentation of the Slide Awards.  New for 2018 will be an Award for the best new brand, in addition to the long established, ‘best in show’ award in the hardware, software and accessory categories.

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

Tilley set to launch World Cup campaign this weekend

Posted on 27/10/17 by Rare Management

The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are now less than four months away, and that target gets even closer this weekend when the opening Alpine event of the FIS Ski World Cup takes place in Sölden, Austria.

The Ladies’ and Men’s Giant Slalom will be staged on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with Alex Tilley representing the Delancey British Alpine Team in the womens’ event.

Tilley has raced on the World Cup circuit since 2013 with her best result last season being 20th in the World Cup Slalom in Squaw Valley in March. The reigning Delancey British Alpine Giant Slalom Champion will be eyeing off a strong start to the competition season.

Live coverage of the FIS Ski World Cup from Sölden is available on Eurosport from 8:45am on Saturday and Sunday.

For the GB Park and Pipe team, the Big Air World Cup will now start a week later than expected following this week’s cancellation of the Copenhagen event originally scheduled for Saturday 4 November. The event was cancelled yesterday, with the first leg of the World Cup now set to take place the following week in Milan, Italy.

British Ski and Snowboard is backed by Principal Sponsor Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. British athletes are 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.

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New Campaign to capitalise on 2018 Winter Olympics and encourage participation in skiing & snowboarding

Posted on 25/10/17 by Rare Management

As the snowsports world heads towards a season which will feature a Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the industry has an invaluable chance to capitalise on the opportunity of the heightened interest in skiing and snowboarding. ‘PyeongChang to Piste’ (www.pyeongchangtopiste.org.uk) will create noise about skiing and snowboarding and will feature events and taster sessions run by various clubs and slopes throughout the country. The website will  also feature downloadable school resources about snowsports to be used during every day learning, plus a link into Snowsport England’s Go Ski Go Board website which is a hub of information on everything to do with getting into skiing and snowboarding.

Snowsport England CEO Tim Fawke said: “As the organisation responsible for grass roots development of snowsports, we felt it was our responsibility to try and make the most of the opportunity the 2018 Winter Olympics will bring and take the lead on organising a national campaign that will create a buzz about skiing and snowboarding. We are encouraging the entire UK snowsports industry to get involved and hope that the information on the website as well as the events organised by slopes and clubs to get people having a go will mean we can get a good number of people hooked on skiing and snowboarding across the UK.”

PyeongChang to Piste will complement Snowsport England’s national participation campaign, Go Ski Go Board, which has been running since 2013. Go Ski Go Board will continue to act as the hub of everything to do with getting into snowsports. The newly revamped Go Ski Go Board website (www.goskigoboard.org.uk) features detailed information on how to get started, which discipline to choose and where to start if you fancy the competitive side of skiing and snowboarding. The website hub also includes an invaluable slope map, clubs & slopes listing and an activity finder so those new to the sport can easily find local ski or snowboard sessions.

Two high profile ambassadors continue to support both PyeongChang to Piste and Go Ski Go Board for 2017/18 – GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Aimee Fuller and Delancey British Alpine Team skier Dave Ryding, both of whom will continue to spread the message about the benefits of ski and snowboard participation.

The industry can get involved by pointing clients towards the PyeongChang to Piste website www.pyeongchangtopiste.org.uk and using #PyeongChangtoPiste on social meida. They can also get involved as an official partner by contacting victoria.crampton@snowsportengland.org.uk

Anyone can sign up to the PyeongChang to Piste Thunderclap and make noise about the campaign –https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63739-pyeongchang-to-piste. Sign up before 31st October 2017. RYDING Dave

Inner-City Snowboard & Freeski Big Air Contest Hits London

Posted on 23/10/17 by Rare Management

With the British Indoor Championships having unearthed a heap of promising young talent last weekend, focus now turns to the invitational BRITS Style Session at the London Ski & Snowboard Show this Friday, 27th October.

This coming weekend, The London Ski & Snowboard Show will attract over 30,000 snowsports fans to its leafy home in Battersea Park. Central to the action is the 50ft real snow Big Air known as Mount Battersea and with it the star-studded freestyle invitational, The BRITS Style Session.

On Friday evening under floodlights and playing to a capacity crowd, 16 of the very best freestyle snowboarders and skiers go head-to-head on the only inner-city Big Air event in this country, with Picture Organic Clothing once again getting behind the event alongside headline partner LAAX and Swiss airlines.

To further demonstrate their support for showcasing British talent, Picture Organic Clothing ambassador and Olympic Bronze medallist, Jenny Jones will join Winter Olympic commentator Tim Warwood to preside over matters.

Tickets for the Ski & Snowboard Show including the BRITS Style Session are available online at www.skiandsnowboard.co.uk.

The BRITS Style Session is a showcase for the British Snowboard & Freeski Championships which takes place in LAAX, Switzerland 1-8th April 2018. To book holiday packages and for further information, head over to www.the-brits.com.

The BRITS tour of events would not be possible without its highly supportive Partners: LAAX, Picture Organic Clothing, Swiss International Airlines, Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism and British Ski & Snowboard (BSS).StyleSession2016_Snowboard

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

Posted on 13/09/17 by Rare Management

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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 

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