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Visually Impaired Ski Racing Duo aiming for Winter Paralympics in 2018.

August 30, 2017

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe are World Cup alpine ski racers, representing Great Britain as part of the British ParaSnowsport Team. They work as a team to complete the race as quickly as possible, while both crossing the finish line safely. It is similar to a Rally driving partnership with a twist: the driver can’t see where she is going!  

Menna has a severe visual impairment, which means she competes in World Paralympic Alpine Skiing (WPAS) races with a guide. Jen skis in front of Menna and wears an orange hi-visibility vest over her race suit to help Menna see where she is. They have Bluetooth headsets fitted to their helmets so they can speak to each other as they ski.

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Squats & Snow – Bodyweight Squat Technique

August 30, 2017

In last months article we touched on the benefits that squatting can have on ski performance. In this months newsletter we will be focusing on giving an overview of basic squat technique that both athletes and parents can try out!

The Bodyweight Squat

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Figure 1 - Start Position (Side)                  Figure 1 - Start Position (Front)

The starting position:
1) Hands should be placed on shoulders with elbows and eyes pointing forwards.
2) You should take a short and sharp breath in to help “turn on” your belly muscles.
3) Heels should be just outside of your shoulders and turned slightly ourwards (no clown feet).
4) You should be getting ready to sit down and backwards on to an imaginary chair.

 

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Girl Power – Why More Girls Are Taking Up Skiing

August 24, 2017

SSW Ambassador Georgia Furlong tells us why she thinks more girls than ever are entering (and staying) in snow sports. Skiing is actually a bit of an anomaly in the sporting world in that there is an equal amount of girls and boys competing, with more ladies joining us every year!

"I’ve been involved with my local ski club and Snowsport Wales for over six years and during this time it’s been amazing to see a surge in girls being involved.

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Here are some of the reasons I think this may be the case:   

Coaches offer an open and welcoming atmosphere so parents feel confident that their children, especially young girls, are cared for and respected. At my ski club, there is a female coach who teaches younger children and this is very important when introducing young girls to snow sports as it makes them feel safe. Similarly when overseas with ski camps and races the presence of house mothers is reassuring for parents and young girls.

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Landgraaf Camp 2017

August 23, 2017

Every year Snowsport Wales teams up with Dragons Alpine for a five day race training camp in Landgraaf, the Netherlands. It's a very popular camp and this year 45 young athletes attended, 12 of whom, aged 16 and over, completed their Level 1 UKCP course during the camp.

SSW Ambassador, Georgia Hyett, who was one of the UKCP 12, attended as she does most years, here’s what she had to say about it...

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It's My Sport, My Dry Slope - Holly Morrisey

August 9, 2017

Another one of our It's My Sport, My Dry Slope stories, in case you don't know this is what it's all about:

We are aware that grassroots snow sports in the UK invariably revolves around artificial snow or dry slopes, but that doesn't just have to be the beginning, it can be a life-long love affair! 

We're keen to feature people making use of their local dry slope on a regular basis. We want to hear from a diverse background of users from across all disciplines (Ski, Board, Nordic, Disability) young and old. It would be great to have stories from recreational participants, instructors or coaches, competitors and people who work in the sport.

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This time round it's Holly Morrisey's turn. She is a regular at Llandudno Ski Slope in North Wales and works with the Disability Ski Wales team. She's a dedicated young woman who makes a real difference to other people's lives...

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It's My Sport, My Dry Slope - Tyler Williams

August 3, 2017

Another one of our It's My Sport, My Dry Slope stories, in case you don't know this is what it's all about:

We are aware that grassroots snow sports in the UK invariably revolves around artificial snow or dry slopes, but that doesn't just have to be the beginning, it can be a life-long love affair! 

We're keen to feature people making use of their local dry slope on a regular basis. We want to hear from a diverse background of users from across all disciplines (Ski, Board, Nordic, Disability) young and old. It would be great to have stories from recreational participants, instructors or coaches, competitors and people who work in the sport.

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This is Tyler Williams' Dry Slope Story. Tyler's local dry slope means a lot to him and he also has ambitions to take snow sports with him into his future. 


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Squats & Snow

August 2, 2017

Athletic Development Wales and Snowsport Wales have joined forces to ensure that all youth athletes have the opportunity to become physical prepared for the slopes. And in addition to the ongoing work with our young athletes, Oli Trotman from ADW is giving us some pointers on getting ourselves ready for the slopes.

Here's Oli...

"I’m really pleased to be leading the strength and conditioning programme with Snowsport Wales and with the 2017 Summer Training Camp at Landgraaf Indoor Snow Centre just around the corner the focus of the camp from a physical preparation perspective will be joint mobility and movement quality. The ability to move efficiently as well as the ability to produce and absorb force forms the foundation for the development of a host of abilities such as speed, power and even endurance.

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Lloyd Donovan SkiMo!

July 26, 2017

We've been learning all about SkiMo! Lloyd Donovan, who grew up in Merthyr Tydfil, is a Welsh Ski Mountaineering champion and sat down with us to fill us in on his career and the snow sporting SkiMo discipline!

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Name: Lloyd Donovan

Age: 20

Nationality: British

Sport: Ski Mountaineering

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