Hello and we hope you're having a happy February! Here is our Mid-Feb newsletter, just in case you wanted a read...
We have an unprecedented amount of Welsh athletes out on the snow this season so we're keeping you regularly updated with their amazing progress! This week we're focusing on our amazing boarders.
First up, Luca Mai Hopkins...
We'd like to introduce you to each of our new Discipline Directors and their vision for the discipline they're in charge of! This week it's Nick Roe, Discipline Director of Alpine.
Nick Roe - Alpine Director
Nick has been involved with snow sports in Wales for over 30 years, initially as a teacher taking school groups to the Alps and subsequently as an instructor, training and qualifying on the artificial slopes. He is also a qualified BASI Alpine Instructor and Alpine Ski Leader with Snowsport Scotland. Over the past eight years he has gained his coaching qualifications and currently coaches with the West Wales Ski Club. Nick has been a director on the board of Snowsport Cymru Wales for 8 years. This is his vision for Alpine Skiing in Wales...
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We were blessed with great weather conditions for this years Welsh Alpine Championships. After some initial concern about the snow across the entirety of the alps, we were able to go ahead with the full programme of races and enjoyed bluebird conditions and great courses with sturdy snow across the entirety of the races.
We had the highest turnout yet during this, our 11th successive year in Champery, Switzerland and we were overwhelmed by all the feedback we were given about the organisation and the atmosphere of the champs as a whole, leading this year’s champs to be coined the #HappyChamps. We couldn’t have done it without all of the amazing volunteers, who helped during every single aspect of the event and without the fantastic resort of Champery and their race pistes in Les Crosets. Every year Champery give us their all during the races and over the past 11 years we’ve developed a very successful relationship with the report which no doubt will see us returning for many years to come. In fact the dates for next year’s champs have been confirmed as 20th-28th of January, put them in your diary!
Russ White is a Para-Athlete, a right arm amputee who has represented GB in Para-cycling and Para-triathlon up to World Championship level. He completed his first ever Nordic races in January after a busy 14 months learning how to rollerski, including 2 weeks learning to ski properly on snow in Finland and Norway.
At the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Event held in Ukraine on the 13th – 20th January 2017, he raced the 10km Middle Distance Classic, 1.5 Freestyle Sprint, 7.5km Sprint Biathlon and 12.5km Middle Distance biathlon races. Up against the world’s best as a relative novice on snow he finished near the bottom of the fields as expected but with more experience and time refining his techniques he will only become faster and more efficient racer.
He also raced to the Bronze medal at the Winter Cross Triathlon European Championship held in Estonia on the 28th January, the epic race consists of a run section, a mountain bike section and a cross country ski to finish.
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