Ski Club Of Great Britain Announce Athlete Shortlist For The Evie Pinching Emerging Talent Award

The Ski Club of Great Britain has announced a shortlist of five athletes in the running for this year’s Evie Pinching Award, which celebrates the next generation of young, up-and-coming snow sports athletes.

The winning athlete will be awarded a one-off bursary of £1,000 for the year to help with training and competing.

The award is named after Evelyn Pinching (1915-1988), a British alpine skier who competed in the Olympics and won the 1936 women's downhill and combined events in the World Championships in Innsbruck.

Last season’s recipient was the British snow boarder Katie Ormerod.

This year, athletes were nominated by the sport’s National Governing Bodies, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland, SnowSport Wales, Disability Snowsport UK and British Ski and Snowboard - with a shortlist of five chosen by the Ski Club.

To be eligible, athletes must be aged 24 and under and considered ‘ones to watch’ in their discipline.

The shortlisted athletes are:

  • Yasmin Cooper                  Alpine Skiing                                      @yascooper
  • Menna Fitzpatrick              Visually Impaired Skier                      @mennafitski
  • Millie Knight                       Visually Impaired Skier                      @knight_millie
  • Matt McCormick                Snowboard – Park & Pipe                 @McCormicksnow
  • Lloyd Wallace                    Freestyle Skiing – Aerials                  @Lloyd_wallace

 

The shortlist will go to an online public vote which opens on May 12th at 12.00 and closes on 26th May 2016 at 23.59. The athlete with the most votes after the two week period will be awarded the Evie Pinching award.

To view all information on the shortlisted athletes and to vote please visit: www.skiclub.co.uk/eviepinchingaward

Please share on all social platforms to encourage as many people to vote as possible. All athlete twitter handles have been provided above. Suggested tweets below:

Chance to show your support & vote for @TheSkiClub #nextgeneration of snow sport athlete’s http://bit.ly/24NJSSx #EviePinchingaward
Shortlist for @TheSkiClub #nextgeneration snow sport athletes announced. Vote here: http://bit.ly/24NJSSx #EviePinchingaward

Frank McCusker, Chief Executive of the Ski Club of Great Britain said:

“Congratulations to all the shortlisted athletes for this year’s Evie Pinching award. They’ve bright futures ahead. We are really proud to be able to continue the legacy that Evelyn Pinching created and recognise and reward up-and-coming talent - and would encourage everyone to show their support and vote.”

The Evie Pinching award forms part of the Ski Club’s INSPIRE programme which recognises and rewards the talented men and women who are making a positive contribution to snow sports. There are six categories of awards and funding which include the Thomas Lang Schools Bursary, Student Bursary and The Green Award, which are yearly funding schemes available for schools, students and snow sports enthusiasts, aiming to develop and encourage participation in snow sports. 

 

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/1Olqhj6

For more info on the shortlisted athletes and the Ski Club INSPIRE awards please contact:

beth.begg@skiclub.co.uk / 020 8410 2018.