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A former RAF officer has been appointed as Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard. She's Victoria Gosling and she replaces Dave Edwards.

Vicky Gosling, a former Group Captain who was made an OBE in 2014 for services to the military, is said to have been the standout candidate in a strong field of applicants to replace Dave Edwards.

He announced last year that, after eight years in the role, he would step down after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. 
Following her career in the RAF Gosling went on to run the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida, and she joins the organisation this month after the most successful Winter Olympics for British snowsports, with two bronze medals.

"We were thrilled with the high-quality field of applicants attracted to this critical role at a pivotal moment in our development," said BSS Chairman, Rory Tapner.

"A successful 2018 Winter Olympics is only the start of the building programme and Vicky will help us accelerate and reinforce our plans and ambitions. We could not be more pleased."

Tapner praised Dave Edwards for seeing huge growth in the organisation since 2010, and thanked him on behalf of the Board for his hard work and dedication. 

Dave EdwardsFormer CEO, Dave Edwards

Gosling takes over a organisation left in good shape by Edwards.  He joined at a time of crisis as the predecessor body to BSS had just gone bust ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Since then both results and funding for Britain's skiers and snowboarders have improved, prompting the organisation to set an ambitious target of being in the top five snowsports nations across all disciplines by 2030.

With that aim in mind, one of Gosling's first priorities - along with the Performance Director Dan Hunt -  will be to lobby for and secure more money from UK Sport following the success of Pyeongchang.

The four-year funding settlements are decided in the months after each Olympics and BSS should know its fate in the summer. 

BSS logoA new era at BSS

Gosling's military career involved operational, strategic and leadership roles which saw her awarded an MBE in 2004, followed by an OBE in 2014.

She played an executive role in the organisation of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, going on to become CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, USA.

"We are delighted that Vicky Gosling has accepted this challenging and exciting role with BSS at a time when their level of ambition continues to grow," said Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport.

"Her commercial flair and track record will bring additional experience and drive to an increasingly successful sports governing body."

Gosling says she's keen to keep the momentum going following a successful season and Olympic campaign.

"I'm thrilled to be joining British Ski & Snowboard at such an exciting time for snowsports in this country," she said.

"The success of the team in PyeongChang was there for everyone to see, but so much goes on behind the scenes to enable our athletes to be contenders on the international stage.

"The organisation has made some great strides in the last couple of years in particular, but there's plenty more to do if we are to deliver on the plan to become one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030.

"I'm really looking forward to getting on with the job and making sure we've got the right funding, programmes and support in place to deliver on that."

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