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32nd AGM


The  32nd AGM 2011 included much discussion about the profile and how we should be working to increase this over the next year. It was great to see so many people attending on a weekend!


Snowsport England has achieved a lot over the past year and there are many challenges to be faced in the next year these were all discussed.


The board and members thanked Peter Stratton, Commercial Director for his contribution and support to Snowsport England over the past five years. He will be missed!


The board also welcomed 2 new Directors onto the board Jeremy Eaton and Adam Pinney. Also Jemima Barnes and Dan Hardie were confirmed as board members after being co-opted during the year.


For more detail see our website SSE 32nd AGM


Snowsport Englands New Website Goes Live


Snowsport Englands new website has finally gone live. Please have a look and let us know what you think. Any improvement ideas are welcome.






Spotlight On..Jo Ryding



Role: England team Assistant coach

Preferred discipline: Slalom


At 22 Jo Ryding has just retired from an incredibly successful career in ski racing. Unfortunately injury plagued many of the years she spent on the circuit. In her first year as a full time racer Jo suffered an extensive leg injury and had to under go 5 operations and 4 years of rest, but a focused and determined Jo counts making a successful return to skiing as her biggest achievement to date. When asked what drove her to get over her injury and return to competitive skiing she simply said “You just miss skiing and racing so much you will do anything to get back to it”. As she embarks on a new career as assistant coach for the England team, she leaves behind her such achievements and slalom results as 4th in the Norwegian FIS races (scoring 40 FIS points) and winning the Megeve CIT race by 3 seconds.


Jo found a love for skiing as a young child on family holidays, and when her dad Carl started coaching at Pendal Race Club she discovered a passion for racing. She credits her brother Dave and Snowsport England’s Tim Fawke as her inspirations in skiing, and is confident that she can take all she learnt as a racer into her coaching and in turn help younger, up and coming members of the team achieve such results as she has managed. Although Jo has been ordered to stop racing by her doctors and will miss competing, she is also excited to be able to work with a younger generation of English racers, saying: “I will miss the adrenaline rush of being in the start gate and the feeling of crossing the finish line knowing you’ve had a good run, but I’m really looking forward to helping others achieve in the sport I love and using my experience as a racer to help others through the ups and down of racing life”.


Jo has already started her work with the England Squad, but is looking forward to getting to know the team better in Tignes in August of this year.

At A Glance

Snowsport England Update - AGM

          - New Website

Spotlight - Jo Ryding

Highlight of the Month - Sporting World Start to Regconise English Snowsport Athletes and Clubs

Breaking News - Ski Rossendale to Re- Open

Top Tips - Neil Welch with Injury Management


Up and Coming in July


1st  - CESA Schools Race

2nd  - Gloucester Club National

3rd  - Inter -region

      - ERSA Team Evolution Tallington Summer League

9th  - Suffolk Vikings Club National

10th - ERSA Team Evolution Ipswich Summer League

16th - Hemel Club National

      - 1 hour Race- FT - British Championship

23rd - Airbag Session


Coaching Course


2nd - Park and Pipe Course

     - ASCL Refresher Course


5th - Snowsports Course Organiser


* = Alpine

* = Freestyle

* = Cross Country

* = Snowboarding

* = Telemark

* = Other


See Events Calender for August


5th - Water Park Training


6th - ASCL Refrecher Course


Highlight of the Month...


The English Sporting World Start to Recognise English Snowsport Athletes and Clubs.


Many District Councils and County Sport Partnerships have local sports awards however not often are Snowsports represented within the nominations and sports such as football, rugby and tennis take all the glory. There is a huge Snowsport scene within England that a lot of people outside of our sport do not seem to know about.

However this is all starting to change. Jo Willoughby this year has won awards at the Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Ceremony before going on to win Sports Person of the Year with a Disability Award at the MBNA Northern Sports Award 2011. While further South at the St Albans Sports Awards 2011 Max Baggio has won the Elite Performer of the year (under 21) Award and Team Evolution were runners up for Team of the Year (Club) Award!


Each has an individual article.


Jo Willoughby – MBNA Northern Sports Awards 2011



Max Baggio – St Albans Sports Awards 2011



Snowsport England would like to see Snowsport represented more often at these types of awards and it is easy to get involved.


All you have to do is fill in the nomination form and send it in to your District Council or County Sport Partnership. Look out on the Snowsport England website for these awards under the club development section; there are annual awards that happen at different times all across the country. Also the 2nd Snowsport England Club and Volunteer Award nomination period is about to open on the 1st August and the awards will be presented in October at the British Ski and Board Show at Birmingham NEC, so get ready to nominate your club and volunteers.


As English snowsport participants we need to start shouting about our achievements and what we do, so as many people outside of our sport as possible realise that you can take part in snowsports in England right on your door step.


Breaking News!!!


Ski Rossendale to Re-Open


Ski Rossendale Limited, set up to save the Ski Rossendale slope are absolutely delighted to announce the news that they have been the successful tenderer for Ski Rossendale, and are looking forward to re-opening the site around the beginning of September. Rossendale Council said they turned down a take-over submission from Proslope in favour of the social enterprise.




Read more about this exciting story at Ski Rossendale to Re-open




Top Tips


Neil Welch - Injury Management


Neil Welch is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the British Alpine Development Team. He has kindly given Snowsport England some Top Tips to help you prevent injury.



Injuries happen in sport. When athletes are pushing themselves to their physical limits in races and training, injuries can and do, occur. This doesn’t mean though that we should sit back and wait for it to happen. Having an injury management plan can help to reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from injury and more importantly, help to reduce the risk of injury in the first place.


Click to see the rest of the Injury Management in Skiing article


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