Young Instructor - Cyffin Thomas

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Young Instructor - Cyffin Thomas

November 14, 2017

In this newsletter we take a look at another one of our young instructors. Cyffin Thomas is a 17 year old A-level student who works part-time as a ski instructor in Llangrannog. Here is his story about what inspired him to become an instructor at his local slope.

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“The first time I went skiing on the Urdd’s Llangrannog dry ski slope, I was only 7 years old. I was given an opportunity to improve my skiing skills only half an hour from home. Instead of trekking to the Alps, I developed my skiing on the Ceredigion coastline. This made skiing far easier for me, as a youngster, to pick up.

Like most primary school age pupils in Wales, I went on a weekend camp to the Urdd centre in Llangrannog. All pupils had the opportunity to ski. No matter income, wealth, time available or learning difficulty, everyone was given the chance to ski.

Skiing is commonly seen as a sport for the elite, those with plenty of free time and cash. Skiing is mostly limited to those who can afford to travel to snowy mountains, rent accommodation, pay for lift passes and skiing equipment, and pay for instruction. The Urdd is making this available for everyone at a fraction of the cost. It is breaking down the gap in opportunities between rich and poor in Wales.

This is why I was so excited to become a ski instructor for the Urdd in Llangrannog. Closing down the gap in opportunities, by giving joy and experiences to children through the Welsh language, is immensely rewarding. Ultimately, I'm delighted I can use the skills I've built up over the years to inspire and teach children to do something they most likely never considered they would do.”

If you feel inspired by Cyffin’s story, Snowsport Wales have a Junior Level 1 instructors course (14 – 18 year olds) running on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2017 at the Cardiff Ski Centre. For more information, head on over to www.uksnowsports.co.uk or get in touch: admin@snowsportwales.net

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