Want to Ski for Wales?
March 8, 2017
As the winter season comes to a close and the summer season of artificial slope races draws near, there’s always interest in what you have to do to get into the Welsh Ski Team and ski for Wales. This is especially of high interest right now as we’ve seen some excellent results from our British skiers on the World stage and from our Welsh Ski Team athletes in international events for various GB Teams. Each of these skiers started on a pathway programme to success many years ago, and one of the integral steps on the journey to representing Great Britain is being elected to a Home Nations Team. So if you want to follow in their ski tracks here’s some info on what you need to do...
The Welsh Ski Team consists of two levels of selection:
- Wales Elite Ski Team
- Wales Race Squad
One underlying principle of the selection criteria to the Welsh Ski Team is that you should represent the best within GB, not just Wales. As such our criteria is set to reflect these standards and is based upon GB ranking and standards. Being the best in Wales is a great goal to aim for, however if this selection is going to be part of our journey to international representation, then we need to make sure our standards are set around external indicators as well as internal.
Selection to the levels of squad is based on points scored in nationally recognised seeding events such as national championships or national series races. The criteria (which is set out in our publication Go Ski Racing) is based upon GB ranking as well as meeting national standards. Of course to ski for Wales you must also be Welsh which means being born in Wales, having lived in Wales for more than three years, or having parents that could claim Welsh nationality on the same basis.
Some examples of the criteria (check out the document for the more in-depth detail) for our squads is as follows:
- For the Wales Elite Ski Team: Racing at FIS level with less than 180 FIS points or racing at national races on artificial slopes and gaining top 5 overall results.
- Wales Race Squad: Racing in GB alpine events with a top 10 Year Of Birth (YOB) ranking or racing artificial slopes national races gaining top 10 overall results.
Finally, some of you will be asking about Wales Freestyle, Snowboard or Nordic Teams. Well, we have some excellent young athletes in each of these disciplines which we have featured on previous news articles and recognise for their successes in international competitions. We are working on pathways and squad selections for these disciplines and hope to have something publish in the near future. In the meantime we will work with existing athletes to assist their development.