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A landmark new snowsport talent pathways project led by Snowsport England has launched this week with GB Snowsport’s support.
The new programme, announced yesterday by Snowsport England, will focus on increased participation in Moguls and Ski Cross, while providing athletes with developments in skills applicable to multiple snowsport disciplines.
A team of coaches led by Paul Telling (Snowsport England Cross-Discipline Pathway Coach), Luke Feneley (Ski Cross) and Joss Englert (Moguls) will oversee the delivery of the programme, with support from GB Snowsport Head of Talent, Mark Ritchie, and coaches and support staff from across the Home Nations Snowsport system.
The programme will be based out of domestic training facilities and will provide opportunities for aspiring British athletes to hone the skills that will allow them to progress in Moguls or Ski Cross, or to develop capabilities that will support successful transition between snowsport disciplines.
Paul Telling said: “The UK has a huge number of exciting young skiers, and several excellent ski centres and facilities that are keen to be involved in the development of these future champions.
“By providing more opportunities for skiers to develop the skills needed for Ski Cross and Moguls, and more opportunities for skiers to try multiple disciplines, we give ourselves the best chance of increasing participation and raising standards, helping GBS to talent spot the next generation of Olympic athletes.”
Ollie Davies, GB Snowsport Ski Cross World Cup squad member and Beijing 2022 Olympian, said: “Ski Cross is an exciting discipline. For more young and up and coming racers to have the opportunity to try Ski Cross on the domestic scene is great. Hopefully it can be the beginning in shaping the next generation of Olympic Ski Cross competitors.”
Will Feneley, Moguls World Cup squad member and also a member of the Team GB squad at Beijing 2022, added: “It’s great to see initiatives like this being put in place. Mogul skiing has been a particularly hidden discipline in the UK, so it’s nice to see that opportunities are being put in place for younger skiers to come through, try the sport out, and take steps towards the top.”
We are pleased to be supporting Snowsport England in this programme as part of our wider commitment to supporting a broader, deeper pipeline of athletes in the British snowsport system.
Header Image: Skier, Will Feneley for Team GB during moguls qualification second run at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 5th February 2022 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.