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The man who helped take British snowsports from despair to success on the world stage is to leave his post after the Winter Olympics.

Dave Edwards will stand down as Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard, the organisation he set up with Lord (Colin) Moynihan, then Chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Edwards took on what was meant to be a 'short term' assigment in February 2010 to look after GB skiers, snowboarders and officials when the previous governing body, Snowsport GB, went bust a week before the start of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

There had been a risk that the team would be unable to travel and compete at Vancouver.

Later that year, all official funding for ski and snowboard was withdrawn.

Edwards has remained at the helm ever since, presiding over a transformation of British snowsports, with funding restored and increased and athletes now regularly winning and challenging for podium places at elite level.

BSS has a multi-medal target for Pyeongchang and the ambition to be in the world's Top 5 snowsports nations across all disciplines by 2030.

Edwards has announced that he will go shortly after the 2018 Games, which take place in February.

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"I have been extremely fortunate to work with some fantastic athletes, coaches and volunteers over the last eight years and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together," Edwards said.

"We have recently announced an ambitious vision to be a top five Olympic Ski and Snowboard Nation by 2030.

"The ideal time for my successor to take up post will be shortly after the Olympic Games next year. By announcing my departure now, it allows our Chairman, Rory Tapner, and Performance Director, Dan Hunt, time to find my successor. I wish them and all of our athletes and coaches continued and greater success as they travel on this exciting journey together."

Edwards and Lord Moynihan formed British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) in the spring of 2010 and secured both sponsorship and private donations to run development programmes for some of the athletes showing maximum potential.

They included current World Cup alpine skiers Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley.

In 2012, when the International Olympic Committee included Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle events in the line-up for the 2014 Sochi Games, BSS persuaded UK Sport to provide funding.

It was used to support athletes including snowboarder Jenny Jones, who went on to win a bronze at Sochi - GB's first Olympic medal on snow.

UK Sport and National Lottery support has increased since 2014 and BSS is now able to support a range of athletes across multiple snowsport disciplines, many of whom now challenge for World Cup medals on a regular basis.

For the first time this year, funding was extended to the alpine and cross country skiing discipines.

Dave Edwards & Pat SharplesDave Edwards with Head Freeski Coach Pat Sharples













In August last year Edwards told PlanetSKI there was no reason why British snowsports couldn't become as successful as British cycling.

"We have got ambition," he told us.

"I don't think that ambition is misplaced. If we can bring more funding in ourselves and then get more from UK Sport, there is no reason why we couldn't get considerably better."

He's achieved both, though he would probably tell you that more is needed.

BSS Chairman Rory Tapner said the board was hugely grateful for Edwards' commitment and relentless drive to deliver a transformed national sports governing body.

"Nothing was easy in the early years of his tenure, and yet as he announces his retirement from BSS he does so with the organisation in a vastly improved position, ready now to challenge for Olympic success.

"Dave has matured BSS from the despair of a failed organisation to one which can rightly hold its head high in international snowsport circles."

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The Chief Executive of UK Sport Liz Nicholl wished Edwards well and thanked him for everything he'd done.

"Dave Edwards took over the running of the sports' governing body at a challenging time and leaves the organisation in strong health with a multi-medal ambition for PyeongChang 2018," she said.

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