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Snowboarder Bankes switches from France to Britain

Posted on 21/11/18 by Rare Management

It has also been announced today that three-time Snowboard Cross World Cup winner Charlotte Bankes will now represent Great Britain. Born in Hemel Hempstead the 23-year-old has been competing for France.  She is a three-time French national champion, two-time World Junior Champion and a two-time Olympian, but has now decided to represent her home nation.

“A few years ago, and with the exception of our medal-winning Park + Pipe programme, we simply did not have the structures in place to support an athlete like Charlotte who might want to return to Great Britain and continue their elite progression. There would have been no reason for her to return home, but she can now see that it is the right time to be part of the GB Ski + Snowboard Cross Squad. Charlotte is only 23, currently ranked number four in the world, and has a great future ahead of her so we can’t be more pleased she’s decided to be part of GB Snowsport.  It will also mean that other young snowboarders will benefit from training alongside a truly elite athlete.” said Vicky Gosling.

Charlotte’s move to GB Snowsport was approved earlier this week by FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) and she will represent Great Britain for the first time next week at a Europa Cup event in Austria before competing on the World Cup circuit and at February’s World Championships in Park City, Utah.

“As a nation, Great Britain has shown we can compete at the highest level in rowing, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, netball and many other sports.  We are now tapping into the expertise which created these success stories, and we are bringing it to snowsport. We have already made significant changes in performance personnel, including bringing in head coaches from other nations.  Our new tagline is ‘Go Beyond’ and we are doing exactly this, putting everything in place to support our athletes in every possible way, taking them to the top step of the podium,” concluded Vicky Gosling.

British Ski and Snowboard becomes Snowsport GB

Posted on 21/11/18 by Rare Management

Today, British Ski and Snowboard is changing its name to GB Snowsport. The new identity brings together every discipline, including Parasnowsport, as one team with one goal, to make Great Britain into a top 5 snowsport nation by 2030.

Announcing the new brand, logo and reaffirming the 2030 vision, GB Snowsport CEO Vicky Gosling OBE, commented: “Most people are now aware that we have talented individuals competing and winning across all the major snowsport disciplines. Great Britain is already a leading snowsport nation and today our new identity brings together these athletes under one brand. We have created one elite team which will provide the support, welfare, resources and coaching our athletes need and which will allow them to achieve their goals and ambitions.”

In the last eight years, British skiers and snowboarders have been on the podium in every discipline at either World Cup, World Championship or Junior World Championship level.  This year alone 85 athletes will contest 237 events and clock-up 533 days of competition at venues across the world. 

“We have the coaching staff, the athletes and the support staff and we have always had the ambition to make Great Britain a leading snowsport nation.  Our new brand provides the focus required to make this happen. As we move into the next era of success on snow, as GB Snowsport, we do this with a singular mindset and a clear objective.  As with all sports we need to work hard to secure the financial resources we need but no-one should doubt our ability to achieve our vision.” added Vicky Gosling.

Tallington Lakes Ski & Snowboard Centre development

Posted on 19/11/18 by Rare Management

The first phase has been completed of Tallington Lakes Ski & Snowboard Centre development, with a new nursery slope. The nursery slope has been re-shaped and resurfaced with a new artificial surface ready for this winter.

Phase two and three will be completed in 2019; which will see the main slope re-shaped and resurface, followed by a new freestyle area. The 2000 square metre area will have a natural schuss, jump box and slope style features for freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

The new surface is from Italian company Neveplast, which simulates real snow conditions. In fact the company have had the surface certified as “having the same slipperiness as snow”. What we know, is that, those who have been tobogganing recently have been flying down the slope. So much so, that we have installed an ‘air fence’, similar to that used in speedway racing, to protect the budding skeleton and bobsledge athletes!

Beginner ski and snowboard lessons have been a huge success too, as those new to the sports are finding the surface great to learn on, because it’s so close to the real thing. A British Association of Snowsports Instructors(BASI) instructor commented that, “the new surface will require people to learn the correct technique, which will help them be better skiers (snowboarders) in the mountains”. They also said they look forward to skiing on the main slope when that is completed; suggesting it could be one of the fastest slopes in the UK, for its size!

Talking of BASI, Tallington Lakes has become a popular venue for the BASI Alpine Level 1 Course; which teaches skiers to become instructors!

Although situated in one of the flattest part of the UK, we are keen to give people the opportunity to ski or snowboard. Whether that is simply to enjoy the mountains on a winter holiday, or become a snowsports athlete, we hope to help people on their way – especially with many of the GB’s top winter sports athletes learning/practicing on artificial slopes! And Lincolnshire has seen success on the slopes in the past, with Jade Etherington, who won medals in downhill skiing in Sochi 2014. Tallington Lakes have some talented young athletes, such as Ollie (Wilson) who is ‘shredding’ slope style on his snowboard, and Henry (Randall) who just won bronze in the National Schools Alpine Ski Championships.

At the bottom of the slope is a retail shop, which offers boot fitting and equipment servicing. Having correctly fitting boots is essential for a ‘pain free’ holiday, and to get the best performance out of your skiing/snowboarding. The vast selection of technical clothing will ensure you stay dry, warm and comfortable on the slopes.

Ryding and Taylor fired up for slalom season-opener

Posted on 16/11/18 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 season is starting to heat up with more action throughout the week and over the weekend. Earlier in the week there was Para Snowboard World Cup action in Landgraaf, the Alpine World Cup continues this weekend in Levi while the Cross Country team is in Norway for the traditional season-opening races in Beitostolen.

FIS Alpine World Cup, Levi FIN – Sunday 18 November

Olympians Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will open their 2018/19 campaigns in Finland on Sunday when the first World Cup slalom race of the season takes place in Levi, Finland.

Last year’s season-opener was a mixed one for three-time Olympian Ryding who led the field through the first run and was on track for his second career podium before skiing out midway through the second run.

Levi has proved somewhat of a happy hunting ground for Ryding who scored a sixth-place finish in 2016 and has two Europa Cup top tens to his credit at the venue.

The 31-year-old who recorded two top 10 results at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, is confident of putting in a good performance on the back of a strong pre-season.

“There is a bit of unfinished business, but I try not to dwell on it too much. Last year is done and you’ve got to move on, but we’re in a pretty solid place right now,” said Ryding.

“It’s the first race of the season so you don’t know where everyone else is at, but I’ve had a good preparation – no massive differences to what we’ve done in the past but I feel better in the body which is good.”

For the first time in a long time Ryding has had a teammate alongside him throughout the off-season with Taylor gearing up for his first full World Cup campaign. Having made the flip into the top 30 on his Olympic debut in February, the 22-year-old is on the verge of taking his next big step in the sport and has been a positive influence in the British camp.

“I’ve been doing it on my own for the last seven years, so I didn’t know what it was going to be like having Laurie around, whether it would effect the way we do things but it’s been the opposite – I’m grateful he’s here with me now,” said Ryding. “He’s a good guy, he does what he needs to do and has the right focus.”

The FIS Alpine World Cup men’s slalom from Levi will be broadcast on Eurosport UK and Eurosport Player on Sunday at 9am (first run) and 12pm (second run).

 

Photo: Vanessa Fry

FIS Cross Country Races, Beitostolen NOR – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November

While this weekend’s cross country event in Beitostolen is not a World Cup, the entire Norwegian national team are vying for World Cup selection which brings a high standard of competition and provides the British contingent a good idea of where they are at going into the start of a long 2018/19 campaign.

Andrew Musgrave led the British charge in today’s classic races, finishing seventh in the men’s 15km amongst a field laden with Olympic medallists. Andrew Young finished 31st out of 146 starters, while Annika Taylor was the leading Brit in the ladies’ 10km in 21st; Nichole Bathe was 33rd.

Tomorrow’s skate sprint will feature all four of today’s competitors as well as James Clugnet while Musgrave, Young, Clugnet and Taylor are scheduled to start Sunday’s 10km/15km skate races.

 

IPC Para Snowboard World Cup, Landgraaf NED – Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 November

On Wednesday, PyeongChang Paralympian James Barnes-Miller opened the World Cup season with a fourth-place finish in Landgraaf, just 0.11sec away from a first-ever podium in snowboard banked slalom (upper-limb impairment). He also recorded a top 10 finish yesterday in yesterday’s second race.

In the lower-limb impairment 2 category, Andy MacLeod made his World Cup debut and scored a ninth-place finish on Wednesday amongst a field stacked with Paralympians. He finished further back in the field in Thursday’s race but proved he has what it takes to cut it at the top level.

The snowboard results continue a strong run of British form in Landgraaf after 15-year-old visually-impaired skier Nick Simpson (and sighted guide, brother Andrew Simpson) finished first and third in a pair of Europa Cup slalom races last week.

2Pure widen their horizons

Posted on 15/11/18 by Rare Management

Scotland’s fast-growing outdoor equipment specialist, 2Pure has announced that it has acquired technical climbing and mountaineering distributor, Allcord, in a move which will strengthen 2Pure’s position as a distributor of premium brands.

All aspects of the two businesses are complementary, including the customer bases, senior management and brands. The combined company will employ 35 people. All staff are being retained and no jobs are bing lost as a result of the acquisition. The company will represent top international brands and supply equipment to retailers throughout the UK and EU.

Allcord, currently based in Livingston, has been a leading wholesaler distributor of specialist brands for the outdoor sports, climbing and mountaineering market, as well as a leading supplier of industrial safety equipment, for more than 35 years.

George Bowie, CEO of 2Pure said the move was an ‘exciting step’ in 2Pure and Allcord’s development and is backed by private equity company Coralinn LLP, the investment vehicle of entrepreneur Hugh Stewart and owner of Allcord.

Big (Air) Macs Set To Launch In Modena

Posted on 02/11/18 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cups continue this weekend in Italy with the second Big Air competitions of the season following September’s event in Cardrona, New Zealand.

The Skipass trade industry event in Modena is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will this year also host the World Cup on the biggest jump ever constructed in Italy.

The GB Park & Pipe team will be represented by the McCormick brothers, with Matt competing in Saturday’s Snowboard competition while younger brother Chris will line up on Sunday for the Ski Big Air.

Matt McCormick has been one of the busiest athletes on the GB Park & Pipe squad over the past two seasons, competing in 14 World Cups including five in 2017/18. Matt’s acceleration to the upper echelon of the sport saw him travel with the Winter Olympic team to PyeongChang as a reserve in February.

In the corresponding event last year (held in Milan) the 21-year-old was seventh in his heat (and 19th overall), just two places outside what would have been a maiden World Cup Final appearance. He has three World Cup top-20s to his credit, including two in Big Air.

Brother Chris, 20, won the national Ski Big Air and Slopestyle titles at The BRITS earlier this year and had a breakthrough season in 2017/18 when he had his first taste of World Cup action.

He made the first of his four Slopestyle World Cup appearances in Cardrona, New Zealand, going on to record his best result at Seiser Alm, Italy in March where he was 31st.

Following a summer training block in Australia which included victory in a FIS event at Perisher, Saturday will mark Chris’ first World Cup start in Big Air.

The finals of both events will be broadcast on Eurosport UK from Saturday 5:30pm (Snowboard) and Sunday 4pm (Ski).

 

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Meanwhile, the accolades keep coming for Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe who last night won The Times & Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year Award.

The PyeongChang gold medallists beat out a quality field of Paralympic and World champions who were all victorious at this year’s Commonwealth Games: Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott (track cycling), Alice Tai (swimming), Sophie Hahn (athletics) and Hollie Arnold (athletics).

It will be a big 24 hours for the pair who today receive their MBEs from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle.

Olympic bronze medal-winning freestyle skier Izzy Atkin was nominated in the Young Sportswoman of the Year category which was won by golfer Georgia Hall, this year’s British Open champion.

 

30 Days of Snowsport brings multiple opportunities to try skiing and snowboarding across England this October

Posted on 20/09/18 by Rare Management

Photo: TNR Photography

Snowsport England’s season-starting participation initiative, 30 Days of Snowsport (www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk), begins in less than two weeks time, giving people the opportunity for try snowsports or get their ski legs back for free or at discounted prices at venues across the UK.

Returning for its fifth year, 30 Days of Snowsport begins on 1st October until the 30th October with activities on offer throughout the month at indoor ski centres, dry slopes, snowsports clubs and roller ski venues. With more sessions likely to be added, there are already 300 sessions on offer up and down the country.

In 2017, 30 Days of Snowsport saw over 6000 people take advantage of 98 free or discounted sessions at 20 different venues or clubs. It is hoped even more people will get involved in 2018, with the campaign growing in numbers year on year since it started in 2014.

For complete beginners there are ski and snowboard beginner and taster sessions throughout October at the Chill Factore in Manchester, ‘Learn to Ski & Snowboard’ sessions at SnowDome in Tamworth every day of the month, a free taster day at the North Staffordshire Ski Club on 13th October and ‘Try Roller Skiing’ days at Dorney Lake in Eton on 14th October.

There is also an open session at the Manchester Cross Country Ski Club on 20th October and roller skiing sessions in West Yorkshire throughout October.  There are open ski sessions at Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre on 20th and 21st October and taster and open sessions at Kendal Ski Club throughout October.

As well as taster sessions, 30 Days of Snowsport events include open days, races, competitions and freestyle events. On 6th October, there is the Futures Project at Kendal Ski Club, a day run by the GP Park and Pipe team aimed at aspiring freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

To find your nearest session or event visit www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk

The initiative is part of a series of Snowsport England initiatives aimed at getting more people into skiing and snowboarding. Next April, National Schools Snowsport Week will again get school children on the slopes and GO SKI GO BOARD (www.goskigoboard.org.uk) continues to be the hub of everything to do with getting into snowsports. The website includes a guide on getting into skiing e and snowboarding, a slope map, a club & activity finder and information on getting into competitive snowsports.

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

 

Strong ski halfpipe results boost GB to 4th overall in World Juniors

Posted on 04/09/18 by Rare Management

Great Britain has wrapped up its Freeski Junior World Championships campaign with four more top 10 results to round out an outstanding overall performance from the squad.

While Kirsty Muir (9th) and Connie Brogden (10th) just missed out on the female halfpipe final, Zoe Atkin qualified through to the last eight and finished seventh earlier today in her only event in New Zealand.

In the male ski halfpipe, Sam Ward and Sam Gaskin both finished inside the top 10 to qualify for today’s 12-man final. Ward ultimately finished in eighth place for the best-ever British male ski halfpipe result at World Juniors, while Gaskin was 11th.

MARC HODLER TROPHY

The Marc Hodler Trophy is awarded to the overall champion nation throughout the Junior World Championships. The freestyle skiing trophy incorporated carryover points from April’s Moguls Junior Worlds in Sweden.

On the back of 12 top ten results in New Zealand – including ski cross medals to Ollie Davies (1st) and Elliane Hall (3rd) – and two more moguls top tens, Great Britain stamped its credentials as one of the best all-round nations.

Russia were the standout winners on 121 points ahead of USA in second (97pts). Japan (58pts) won a tight race for third, while strong halfpipe results today saw Great Britain (55pts) leapfrog highly-fancied Sweden (53pts) and Canada (48pts) to rise from sixth to fourth place.

2018 FIS FREESKI & SNOWBOARD JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Cardrona NZL
Great Britain Results

Male Ski Big Air: 13th Jasper Klein*, 15th Sam Ward, 17th Thomas Greenway, 32nd Felix Klein
Female Ski Big Air: 4th Kirsty Muir*

Male Ski Slopestyle: 21st Jasper Klein, 22nd Thomas Greenway, 27th Felix Klein, 39th Sam Ward
Female Ski Slopestyle: 7th Kirsty Muir, 8th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Halfpipe: 8th Sam Ward*, 11th Sam Gaskin
Female Ski Halfpipe: 7th Zoe Atkin, 9th Kirsty Muir, 10th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Cross: 1st Ollie Davies*, 11th Jonathan Bingham, 12th Seb Ison, 16th Mathieu Avent
Female Ski Cross: 3rd Elliane Hall*, 4th Emma Peters, 5th Zoe Winthrop, 7th Faith Davie

Male Snowboard Cross: 39th Douglas Green, 42nd Huw Nightingale

* denotes best-ever British result at World Junior Championships

 

UK Sport increases funding for snowsport

Posted on 04/07/18 by Rare Management

Izzy Atkin - bronze medalist

British Ski & Snowboard has welcomed the continued UK Sport funding commitment for Winter Olympic and Paralympic snowsports following today’s World Class Programme investment announcement.

Coming off the back of Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics earlier this year in PyeongChang, UK Sport has confirmed around £24 million in funding for the Beijing 2022 cycle.

Investment of £6.75 million as gone towards British Ski & Snowboard, an increase of around 31% from the PyeongChang cycle, while Parasnowsports will receive up to £3.5 million, up 26%.

In the previous funding cycle, investment was made specifically to the highly regarded park and pipe programme which has generated three Olympic medals over the last two campaigns.

However the investment in snowsports leading into Beijing will be much broader, focussing on more disciplines, more programmes and more athletes than ever before.

“This is great news for all of our sports and of course the athletes themselves,” said Vicky Gosling OBE, British Ski & Snowboard CEO. “It is not only a sign of the progression British snowsports has made in recent years, it also shows UK Sport believe we will continue to generate more Olympic medals on snow, something that hadn’t even been achieved before 2014.”

“Our aim is to be one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030, and we need to be competitive across a range of disciplines if we are going to get there. Over the course of the next four years we’re going to see more investment across more sports, while ensuring our park and pipe programme remains right up there with the best in the world.

“There’s a lot of hard work still to be done, but we’re already getting the right programmes and coaching structures in place to set ourselves up for the best chance of success.”

SIGB Update 79

Posted on 12/06/18 by Rare Management

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Living in a Winter Wonderland

What a winter that was: great snow in the Alps and in Scotland – there was even some sliding to be had in the less usual parks, gardens and hills throughout the English countryside.
But all good things must come to an end, and with the May bank holiday behind us, the vast majority of resorts (barring those with glaciers) have closed for the season.

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Pyeongchang and Team GB

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The biggest winter sport events this past season was, of course, the Olympic Games – and what a Games we had:

Team GB selected 59 athletes from 11 sports for the Games, the most that Great Britain has ever taken to an Olympic Winter Games. In terms of snowsports, a total of 25 athletes were selected to compete across alpine, cross county, freestyle and snowboard disciplines, again a record number.

Great Britain won a total of 5 medals; two of which were snowsport medals. Our snowsport Olympic medallists deserve our warmest congratulations and also our thanks for helping to bring snowsports to the attention of the general public.

So let’s namecheck our champions:

Izzy Atkin, Bronze Medallist in Ski Slopestyle
Billy Morgan, Bronze Medallist in Snowboard Big Air and closing ceremony flagbearer.

As part of Team GB, there were a host of other top athletes who battled for medals. Congratulations to all our Olympic athletes for making it to world class level and competing for Olympic medals under the GB banner.

Paralympics

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The Paralympics followed, with great success, especially from our visually impaired skiers, who racked up an impressive 7 medals.

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe won gold in Slalom, Silver in Giant Slalom and Super Combined and Bronze in Super G.

Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild won a brace of Silver medals in Downhill and Super G, with a Bronze in Slalom.

Slide 2018

In other news, the UK’s trade events, namely Slide and the SIGB Ski Test also went off well.
Although no Olympic medals were awarded, Slide did celebrate the best products in the Slide Awards, with the winners being:

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Hardware: Salomon S/Lab Shift Hybrid Binding
Software: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
Accessories: Bolle Nevada Goggle – Phantom+ technology

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Fresh Brand for newcomers or returners to Slide: Nikwax BaseFresh

More details on the winners are here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/show-features/
Further information on Slide is available on the show website.

Galtur 2018

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The SIGB Ski Test relocated to a new venue in 2018, Galtur in Tirol. Conditions were fabulous, the location ideal – and an enormously successful test was enjoyed by some 130 testers from 5 media organisations and 25 retailers. Thanks are due to the 22 ski and associated brands that helped make it all happen.
With barely a moment to breathe, the first 2018/19 products, such as boots have already begun arriving at some stores. Roll on next winter!

Diary dates for next year:
Slide 2019:

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Slide, 22-24 January 2019, taking place at Telford International Centre. Full details and booking forms for 2019 will be available around July.

Ski Test 2019:

Avoiding busy holiday times is important to maintain the quality of the test, support from resorts and accommodation prices, so details are yet to be finalised. We’ll let you know when all details have been confirmed.

 

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