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British Ski and Snowboard has set an ambitious vision to be one of the top five snowsport nations in the world by 2030. The British Snowsports Fund is a fundraising campaign which will support this bold vision, and support the UK’s future Winter Olympians.
As you can imagine, it can be expensive for athletes to be able to progress and excel in their sports, with the need to travel overseas frequently to train and for competitions. We want to ensure that anyone with talent, regardless of how much money they have, can demonstrate their full potential.
We all remember the feeling of sitting in our pyjamas, watching Jenny Jones win bronze at Sochi in 2014. We want that to happen on a grander scale! It’s an ambitious programme that will boost immediate success, but also encourage and support new talent. It may even help us discover someone who’s five now and will be an Olympic champion in 2030!
As well as supporting senior British snowsports athletes to ensure they’re best placed for international success, the funds raised will also help boost development pathways for younger athletes to ensure there is plenty of talent coming through the system!
For our team athletes, we want to support them to enable them to have the same coaching and support set-up as competitors from other countries. Often other countries have more sophisticated programmes, putting our athletes at an automatic disadvantage. To give you an example, the Norwegian government spends about £400k a year to deepen knowledge of ski wax techniques. Our skiers wax their own skis in the back of a transit van!
Our big names athletes like Aimee Fuller and Billy Morgan receive funding from the government via UK Sport to support their coaching programmes and travel.
The British Snowsports Fund will support athletes who don’t yet receive this level of funding, such as:
- Cara is the British Ladies Alpine Champion, and she’s within the top 150 grand slalom athletes in the world. She’s just coming back from injury, having ruptured her ACL at the end of last season, so getting the right coaching is crucial to help Cara progress. We want to help her work with the best team possible in the run up to PyeongChang 2018.
- Cal is a freestyle skier who trains with the GB Park and Pipe team. Though UK Sport support his coaching programme, Cal has to fund his travel costs himself, so support from the British Snowsports Fund would enable him to go to more competitions and get more experience on the international circuit.
- Despite only returning from serious injury last year, Emily is ranked 25th in the world in ski cross. She currently works in a number of different jobs to fund herself, which means she can’t dedicate as much time to her training as her competitors. We’d like to be able to offer her funding so she can concentrate fully on preparing for 2018.