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GB SNOWSPORTS FUNDS PAY OUT - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Wednesday September 13, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Nine British snowsports athletes have been chosen to receive the first grants from two groundbreaking fundraising initiatives.


The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation and the British Snowsports Fund, which were set up last autumn, have selected skiers and snowboarders at both development and senior level and made an additional grant to GB's world-class coaching programmes.

These first grants total £16,000.

The share received by each athlete has not been announced.

The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation - a charity established to support talented young skiers and snowboarders and ensure financial constraints don't prevent their progress - has awarded grants to five athletes.

The money will go towards activities such as attending training camps or for travel to competitions.

The five athletes are:

  • Emma Peters, Ski Cross, 19, Tyne and Wear
  • Fin Bremner, Freestyle Snowboard, 18, Aberdeen
  • Lexi Rowlands, Freestyle Ski, 13, Chatham
  • Luca Mai Lane Hopkins, Freestyle Snowboard, 14, Swansea
  • Owen Vinter, 15, Alpine, Glasgow

Ski Cross racer Emma Peters explains how her BSSNF grant will help her this season.

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They were chosen from a group nominated by the home nations bodies and the sport's UK governing body, British Ski and Snowboard.

The British Snowsports Fund - which sees the public asked to support the UK's future Winter Olympians - has given grants to four athletes.

The money will boost their preparation for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics or their efforts to qualify.

Recreational skiers and snowboarders are asked to make a small donation to the Fund when purchasing their ski holiday or when buying kit and equipment.

The aim is to help athletes throughout their careers, support programmes that benefit elite athletes and activities that encourage grassroots involvement in the sports.

The four athletes are:

  • Andrew Young, Cross Country, 25, Huntly
  • Laurie Taylor, Alpine, 22, Basingstoke
  • Maisie Potter, Snowboard Cross, 20, Caernarfon (main photo)
  • Molly Summerhayes, 20, Sheffield

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An additional grant has been awarded to the British Ski and Snowboard world-class coaching programme to enable the newly hired coaches across all the snowsports disciplines to support the athletes ahead of the Olympics.


Eleri Lane, mother of Luca Mai Lane Hopkins, said: "I am so grateful for the grant that the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation has awarded Luca Mai.

"Every parent wants to help their child fulfil their potential and make their dreams reality.

"This grant will help towards Luca Mai's travel and training in Austria and enable her to compete in European competitions this coming season, and enable me to worry a little less financially."

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Cross country skier Andrew Young said The British Snowsports Fund was a fantastic way of supporting the future of British snowsports.

"It allows elite athletes like myself to have world class programmes and focus on the sports aspect rather than finances.

"The financial support it offers will help British athletes compete on the world stage, and give them the confidence that their programme is matching the best teams in the world."

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Rory Tapner, the Chairman of British Ski and Snowboard said the organisation was proud to be innovating new ways of raising funds for athletes and their programmes.

"As we work towards achieving our vision of the UK becoming one of the top five snowsport nations in the world by 2030, we will continue to work to find ways to fund the sport.

"I'd like to say thank you to the industry and their customers for their support of the British Snowsports Fund."

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Sir John Ritblat, Chairman of the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation, speaking on behalf of the Trustees, said he was thrilled to award the first grants.

"Our focus when allocating the grants has been to work with the athletes for whom our support will make the greatest impact, and we look forward to following their progress over this coming season.

I would like to thank our generous donors who have made these grants possible, and would welcome any other gifts which we will use to support our athletes."

Along with corporate sponsorship and individual philanthropic donations, it's hoped that the money raised from the Fund and the Foundation will help British Ski and Snowboard reach its objective to become one of the top five snowsport nations in the world by 2030.

Find out more about The British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation and The British Snowsports Fund.

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