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Discipline Director - Snowboard

March 15, 2017

As you know we're introducing you to each of our new Discipline Directors and their vision for their discipline. This week it's Kate Potter, Discipline Director of Snowboarding.

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Kate has been on the board of Snowsport Cymru Wales for the past two years. She has a huge amount of experience in mountain sports and spent several years living in Chamonix where her daughter, Maisie learned her amazing boarding skills. Maisie’s progress through the sports to compete at a World Cup level has enabled Kate to gain the experience and considerable knowledge needed for this role. She is now establishing a snowboard committee to help develop a pathway for snowboarding, coaching, and events in Wales. Kate would love to hear from you if you are keen to get involved!

Here is her plan for snowboarding in Wales...

“Snowboarding is an exciting and still very fresh sport. It’s attractive to young people new to snow sports as well as to skiers who are keen to test themselves over on the ‘dark side’!

At Snowsport Wales want to maximise on the success of snowboarding at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, where Jenny Jones won Team GB’s first medal on snow with a bronze in Slopestyle. In her wake are many other talented members of the GB Park and Pipe team as well as the British Snowboard Cross team.

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So how do we get more people accessing, developing and succeeding in this sport?

First we need to offer opportunities:

  • Build participation through schools, young people, and the general public at ALL of our slopes across Wales.
  • Make sure we are training and developing Welsh instructors and coaches so we are not limited in the amount of provision we can offer.

With all this in mind we are developing a SSW Snowboard Committee to draw ideas and input from across our regions.

Here I identify the order of my priorities:

  • Establish efficient communication across the Welsh centres.
  • Establish levels of participation at all the Welsh centres.
  • Identify best ways to increase participation across Wales.
  • Develop more instructors.
  • Establish a competition calendar across Wales in conjunction with freestyle ski discipline.
  • Clearly publicise all the provision and competitions we have in Wales on our SSW website and Facebook pages.
  • Establish potential for snowboard racing.
  • Identify talent for the national pathways.
  • Work closely with the other Home Nations and the National Governing Body (British Ski and Snowboard) to develop a performance pathway from grass roots to top level competition in all disciplines of snowboarding.

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It’s a long list, and it’s not going to happen overnight but slowly and surely we hope to build snowboarding in Wales.

If you have any questions in regard to any of the above, either as a participant, instructor, competitor, or someone who would like to be more involved in the organisational side of the sport, or serve on the committee, please get in touch via the channels below.”

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