Scottish Roller Ski Championships 2021

Snowsport Scotland’s Fife Roller Ski Event and Scottish Roller Ski Championships 2021

Taking place on Saturday 7 August at Fife Cycle Park.

Register online with on the day bib collection from 12:00. Online entry closes at 11:30pm on Wednesday 4 August.

The racing kicks-off at 12:30 for the novices which is open to EVERYONE of all ages.

All races will be time trial starts. There will be covid measures in place to make the day as safe as possible for all competing, watching and helping out.

Race details:

Novice* (all ages) = 1.0 km – 2x 500 m “hairdryer” loop

U12 | U14 = 3.2 km – 2x 1.6 km full lap

U16 | U18 F = 6.4km – 4x 1.6 km full lap

Open event** = 6.4km – 4x 1.6 km full lap

U16 | U18 M = 9.6 km – 6x 1.6 km full lap

Senior | Vet = 9.6 km – 6x 1.6 km full lap

*To compete in novice you must have done fewer than 3 roller ski races previously

**The Open Event is for all ages as a stepping stone between Novice races and senior categories

*PLEASE SIGN UP BEFOREHAND AS NO RACE ENTRIES ON THE DAY *

Ticket prices include an online processing fee and help to pay for the facility hire. Prices for the 2021 races are:

£10 for U18s or students

£17.50 for adults

If you are not a individual SSS member or part of a Snowsport Scotland (SSS) affiliated club, Snowsport England club (SSE) or don’t have you’re own liability insurance please purchase a Day SSS Membership ticket along with your race entry to make sure you are insured to race.

No snow summer city skiing – Edinburgh Rollerski

By Peter Thomson, Rollerski Edinburgh

Roller skiing may not be a mainstream sport in the Central Belt of Scotland (yet), but the region is peppered with cycle paths and quiet streets that are perfect for exploring on wheels. The Rollerski Edinburgh facebook group aims to be a place for people in Edinburgh (and beyond) to share routes, tips and any other roller ski related chat. Engagement through this group led 7 wheeled skiers and 1 cyclist to gather at the causeway to Cramond on a warm Sunday morning in mid July.

The Seven

It was particularly great to have 2 skiers up from Tyneside, taking a break from their well earned holidays to roll with us. We also had a relative newbie to the sport, a junior development athlete and some Huntly ex-pats. Not to mention our fantastic cyclist outrider making sure we didn’t lose anyone on the way. In terms of skills and fitness, everyone was an intermediate level or above. The changes in terrain, paving surface and the dis-/mounting of curbs can make urban tours challenging for beginners and novices, but not impossible!

 

The Plan

We had 3 primary objectives: Cramond, Coastlines and Coffee. We would start our ski from Cramond (objective 1 check), hug the coastline along the Cramond Foreshore then continue on coastal paths past Granton (objective 2 check). From here cycle paths would take us inland through Victoria Park to the excellent Milk cafe for a coffee stop (objective 3 check!). At this stage we would have 2 options, either take the bus back to Cramond, or continue our tour of Edinburgh to create a loop. We of course opted for the latter, which incorporated stunning views of the Edinburgh skyline from Inverleith park, and a long climb up Craigleith Hill Avenue.

Highlights

  1. Skiing as a group along the Cramond foreshore in the sun was awesome! We definitely turned a few heads. Even getting a mention in this video of musicians performing at the Boardwalk Beach club (https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=834264210845839&ref=watch_permalink watch from 2.06).
  2. However,my favourite section has to be the cycle path past Granton, with its superb tarmac and refreshing coastal air.
  3. Of course, coffee was also a highlight, with the added bonus of meeting Dhugal the golden retriever.
  4. As we made our way back after coffee, we were dazzled with views of the Edinburgh cityscape and Fettes College.
  5. Another top contender for “best bit of the day” was the descent through Silverknowes golf course. There’s something special about cruising along the home stretch with Cramond Island in the distance.

Should I Try Edinburgh as an Urban Ski Destination?

Absolutely yes! Despite its reputation for hills and cobbles, Edinburgh has some great cycle paths (check out the Inner tube map here https://www.innertubemap.com/). The Cramond foreshore is an obvious place to start considering it is fairly flat. But even our full 20 km adventure would be accessible to the intermediate XC skier on wheels. You’ll find loads more examples of Edinburgh roller skiing logged on the Rollerski Edinburgh Facebook group. So come say hi and plan your next roller ski adventure in Edinburgh!

 

 

Fife Beginner Block – SIGN UP NOW

This year, Fife Roller Ski Club (FRSC) are offering specific beginner blocks! These four week courses will get you from your first time on roller skis to level two proficiency where you will be able to:

  • basic skate
  • control your speed
  • carry and put equipment on safely

 

At the end of the course we expect that you will feel comfortable and competent enough on your rollers to join in with the main club session and go roller skiing on your own.

 

Courses are sold as a block and are four consecutive Monday nights. The sessions will run at the same time as the regular club session, 7-9pm. The August block will run:

Monday 9 August

Monday 16 August

Monday 23 August

Monday 30 August

 

Please sign up at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/frsc-beginner-block-august-tickets-161611445183 The course will be capped at a max of 10 attendees so that the group can be managed by one coach.

 

Sessions are priced the same as the regular club sessions and include equipment hire for all four weeks. The tickets include a “day membership” with Snowsport Scotland. Existing Snowsport Scotland members are eligible for a 20% discount. To get your discount code, send your membership number to the club email address (Fiferollerski@gmail.com) or through the Facebook page messenger.

 

DSUK – Race the Train 

DSUK – Race the Train

 

‘We are delighted to launch the annual Race the Train event in Aviemore, where participants have an opportunity to race not only their fellow runners, but the traditional highland steam train. Many people decide to travel for this event from across Scotland to enjoy the beauty of Cairngorms for a full weekend. 

 

To help us tackle impacts of the pandemic, we ask all participants to fundraise for DSUK. All top fundraisers will have a chance to win prizes and go on a traditional steam train that will take them from Aviemore station to Boat of Garten starting point. 

 

We would be really grateful if you could share a post about the event on your social media pages, to help us promote it. Please see below draft post, feel free to change it to suit your audience:

 

Do you love running and snowsports? This event is for you! 

Support Disability Snowsport UK in tackling impacts of the pandemic by taking part in annual Race the Train 2021 on Saturday 4th of September in Aviemore. Attempt to race the traditional highland steam train, running through picturesque Cairngorm National Park. 

 

Not a local? Not a problem! There are plenty of gorgeous hotels in and around Aviemore, so why not make it a weekend getaway for you and your family? Our friends at Cairngorm Hotelare offering 10% off for overnight stay for participants of Race the Train! 

 

The race is kindly supported by Cairngorm Runners who will maintain the smooth running of the race, so whether you are an experienced runner, or you just started training and want to test your progress, sign up now! 

To book your space or get more information about the race or fundraising for DSUK, visit: 

https://bit.ly/3vOoC1J

Alpine Sports bodies join forces to address impact of Brexit

Alpine Sports bodies join forces to address impact of Brexit

The governing bodies and professional associations which represent grass roots participants, competitors and professional & volunteer instructors, guides and coaches in alpine sports have come together to form the “Alpine Sports Group”. The group is calling upon the UK government to address and rectify the negative impact of Brexit upon their members as a matter of priority, specifically the issues surrounding delivery of services into EU member states, cross-border delivery of services by British nationals resident in EU states, Recognition of Professional Qualifications and short-term visa-free working rights in Alpine countries.

The Alpine Sports Group consists of GB Snowsport, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport Wales, Disability Snowsport UK, the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, the British Association of Mountain Guides, the British Association of Snowsport Instructors and the Ski Club of Great Britain. A spokesperson for the group said “Many of the issues concerning the impact of Brexit upon British sport have been hidden by the COVID pandemic, but those involved in Alpine sports are already painfully aware of them. We need the Sport & Recreation Alliance to continue to stand up for all sport, but the Alpine Sports Group is calling upon  the government to step up and address the issues which, without intervention, will severely impact Alpine sports’ grass roots participation, athlete talent pipelines and the careers of current and aspirant instructors, coaches and guides

Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport review

Joint Statement from the UK Sport and Home Nations Chief Executives’

In 2020, the murder of George Floyd was a catalyst for the five Sports Councils responsible for investing in and growing sport across the UK, to come together to explore racial inequalities in sport and to look at how reflective our sporting system is of UK society.

Led by the five CEOs of each organisation, this group has met regularly over the past year, and quickly established the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport Review (TRARIIS). This was to help better understand if the Councils were doing enough to understand the context and tackle the issues involved.

The review involved an extensive analysis, carried out by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, of all publicly available data on race and ethnicity in sport. It also involved an additional piece of work led by AKD Solutions, a Black-led Learning and Development consultancy, to carry out a lived experience research project in which over 300 people across the UK, ranging from grassroots participants to elite athletes and coaches, shared insights into their involvement in sport.

The findings make clear that racism and racial inequalities still exist within sport in the UK and that there are longstanding issues, which have resulted in ethnically diverse communities being consistently disadvantaged.

The review also highlighted the detrimental impact that this has had on individuals, leading to mistrust and exclusion and makes clear areas where we must see change. The review has produced two reports, published today, identifying where there are gaps as well as common themes. They set out recommendations on how to make meaningful progress.

UK Sport, Sport England, sportscotland, Sport Wales, and Sport Northern Ireland welcome the depth of the findings and fully accept that the recommendations should now be used to develop and deliver tangible actions to tackle the issues raised. The Councils also want to put on record their huge appreciation to all of those who shared their personal stories, a process which we know for many, will have been deeply upsetting.

Sport across the UK is delivered by a broad range of organisations.  We call on them to work with us, as well as diverse communities in the UK, as we drive racial equality across all nations and in all sports.

While recognising that this process will take time, collectively, the Councils are determined to learn from the review and bring transformational change across sport, harnessing its huge power to drive equality and ensuring that all parts of the system are fair, welcoming, inclusive, and diverse and that people have positive experiences at every level.

The Councils have agreed some initial overarching commitments that all five organisations will work on together ensuring that they are aligned to their individual strategies. These relate to people; representation; investment, systems and insights and further details are set out below.

Each Council will also now work at pace to develop their own specific action plans to further deliver on these commitments, considering their own local contexts and remits, addressing the recommendations from the review.

This will involve working closely with relevant groups or communities in the coming months, to co-create solutions for real, lasting change and to earn trust. The resultant plans will be shared publicly to support the wider sports sector to understand and recognise the issues, and collectively bring about change.

All five organisations are committed to transparency and accountability and will continue to report publicly on progress. This work will continue to be led at CEO level.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REPORTS

AJ Bursary

Dear Ski Racers & Families,

The AJ Bursary, in association with ATC, has been established in the memory Alistair Jeynes Ellis, a much loved young ATC racer. Each bursary will cover up to six weeks of ski camps abroad with ATC and includes full financial support (excluding flights). The AJ Bursary is open to all racers who meet the criteria outlined below, from any club in Scotland.

Background

Over the past year, ATC has successfully transitioned to become a registered Scottish charity, with the goal of making ski racing more inclusive and accessible to all talented young athletes – whatever their background.

Following an initial round of fundraising for the AJ Bursary, we are delighted to announce that we have collectively raised enough to fund 24 weeks of subsidised race training. AJ’s parents and all of us at ATC would like to thank the many people who have generously given their support.

The AJ Bursary

Aimed at providing much needed support to ski-racing children, the AJ Bursary will enable more young racers to access training in the Alps. In addition to supporting promising ski racers, the bursary’s goal is to encourage the development of values such as curiosity, generosity and caring for your fellow teammates, all qualities AJ was known for. These are values that are prioritised by ATC and shared throughout their race camps.

Criteria

The AJ Bursary targets young ski racers aged 11-15 with at least three years of racing experience and covers up to six weeks of ATC training camps. You can find the application details and form on the ATC website here.

Process

Applications for the coming ski season are open until 1st July, 2021. The bursaries will then be considered by a selection panel that includes a coaching representative as well as AJ’s

parents. The first camp that is eligible for a bursary will be in October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in early August.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch or go to the website where you will find more information on the AJ Bursary, the ATC Charity and our ATC Racing Camps. Donations to the AJ Bursary are through the Just Giving page, here.

Sincerely, ATC Trustees

Contact 07940017548 Web: www.atccharity.com

Email: admin@atccharity.com

 

 

 

Future of British Para Snowsport boosted with launch of new pathway programme

A new partnership between GB Snowsport, Snowsport Scotland and the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (AFPST) will see the introduction of a first-of-its-kind Para Snowsport Pathway Programme, designed to activate new participation opportunities and develop the next generation of World Championship and Paralympic athletes.

 

The partnership will launch with the recruitment of three coaches working across Para Alpine, Para Nordic and Para Snowboard disciplines who will work to provide the first structured link between Para Snowsport’s talent pathway and the sport’s World Class Programme.

 

By formalising this new strategic approach to Para Snowsport talent development, a wider pool of disabled people will be able to access snowsport, with talented individuals offered a clear pathway to represent Great Britain at the highest levels of the sport. Since 2018, GB Snowsport has overseen huge strides in the nation’s Para Snowsport programme making the nation medal-competitive in more events, classifications and disciplines than ever before. The launch of this new partnership will help to ensure those successes now broaden out to provide a sustainable pathway to support more talented disabled athletes, across a wider range of Para Snowsport disciplines.

 

Snowsport Scotland’s backing for the project, with the support of sportscotland, will see funding ringfenced for the appointment of two coaches, while the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team have agreed to release one of their coaching positions (Para Alpine) to take up a role in this wider talent programme. By focusing on the needs and experiences of Para Athletes at every level of snowsport, the project will work to break down barriers and support a more sustainable, inclusive pathway for disabled people to access and excel across the whole of the Para Snowsport programme.

 

Vicky Gosling, GB Snowsport Chief Executive, said:

This project will play a really important role in building on the country’s proud record at the Paralympic Winter Games and in other World Class Para Snowsport competitions. This is an opportunity to show that we are leading the way in supporting disabled athletes to achieve their full potential, and will create a lasting impact throughout Britain’s snowsport community.”

 

Jayne Kavanagh, GB Snowsport Head of Paralympic Programmes, commented:

“The ambitions contained within this project simply wouldn’t be achievable without the support of a whole network of partners, and I am delighted that we will be working alongside Snowsport Scotland, sportscotland and the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team.

 

“We know that our work has to go beyond simply achieving world class performance to building a world class culture around the support provided to disabled athletes. The launch of this project is a huge step forward in that respect, and we look forward to getting underway immediately.”

 

Trafford Wilson, Snowsport Scotland Chief Executive, added:

“Snowsport Scotland is excited and motivated by this new opportunity to work with partner organisations to increase para-snowsport participation and to develop and strengthen coach and athlete pathways. This new funding opportunity builds on the momentum gained over the past 3 years, following partnership investment to support our able-bodied Alpine, Park & Pipe and Nordic performance programmes.

 

 

Liz Winfield, COO, Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team, said:

“We are delighted to partner in this incredible project that has the ability to transform people’s access and experience of Para Snowsport. Through the work of AFPST, we regularly see the transformational impact of sport, and to be part of something that can bring this to more people is superb. This partnership further strengthens our ongoing relationship with GBS and we are thrilled to support this programme”.

 

The Para Snowsport Pathway Programme will get underway immediately, with recruitment for the three discipline coaches. In March, Great Britain will send a team to the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games where GB Snowsport athletes will represent Great Britain across Para Alpine, Para Snowboard, Para Cross Country and Para Nordic.

 

For more information on Great Britain’s World Class Para Snowsport teams, visit www.gbsnowsport.com

 

Para-Snowsport Pathway Coach Vacancies

 

We are looking to fill two new para-snowsport Coaching posts (Para-Nordic and Para-Snowboard) that will focus on delivering events and programmes that support the growth of snowsports & to create UK para-snowsport participation to performance pathways.

 

To excel in these posts, you will be a passionate coach, champion equality and inclusion and enjoy working within a creative and dynamic environment.

 

To download a copy of the Coaching post job descriptions, please click on the links below:

 

Job Description: Para-Nordic Pathway Coach

 

Job Description: Para – Snowboard Pathway Coach

 

To apply send a completed resume and covering letter to info@snowsportscotland.org

 

Informal enquires should be directed to Trafford Wilson, Chief Executive: 07900 804 903

 

Closing date for completed applications:          Friday 2nd July 2021  

Interviews will be held:                                         The w/c the 5th July 2021

 

All interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

 

 

 

New Snowsport Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

GB Snowsport and Home Nations Governing Bodies announce new Snowsport Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

 

Britain’s snowsport Governing Bodies have announced the next phase of their collective commitments to enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in snowsport with the formation of a new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group for the sport.

 

The Advisory Group, which will serve an initial period to the end of 2021 ahead of longer-term decisions on the most appropriate structure for the NGBs to work collaboratively on Diversity and Inclusion, will have representation from GB Snowsport, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales alongside an Independent Chair and Independent Member to provide outside counsel and expert guidance.

 

Drawing on data and analysis from the Governing Bodies’ previously announced Diversity and Inclusion research programme, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group will initially focus on three key areas: Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusion, and Disability Diversity and Inclusion. Covering snowsports’ pathway from grassroots and recreational participation through to elite and world class performance throughout British snowsport, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group will focus initially on practical steps that can help to entrench the importance of Diversity and Inclusion within the Governing Bodies’ work.

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group will be Independently Chaired by Hilary Lissenden, Head of Community Sport for the Mayor of London, and will have additional Independent Member support from Melanie Antao, an experienced sport professional with expertise in funding, programme development and high-performance sport from a career encompassing roles at Sport England, Premiership Rugby and the Football Foundation.

 

The Advisory Group, which meets formally for the first time this month, has already received welcome offers of support from a number of external parties with specific experiences of advocacy and engagement around the identified key areas, and looks forward to welcoming input and testimony from a range of external specialists over the coming months.

 

Among the organisations and individuals offering their support to the Advisory Group are:

  • John Dickinson-Lilley – Former European Cup winner and Stonewall Sporting Champion
  • Mick Carter – SVP, Culture Marketing, The Marketing Arm
  • Phil Young – Founder, The Outsiders Project
  • Roger Walton – Nubian Ski
  • Two Circles
  • Stonewall

Trafford Wilson, Snowsport Scotland Chief Executive, welcomed the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, saying: “Snowsport Scotland is committed to ensuring that our sport breaks down barriers to entry and provides diverse groups with the opportunity to experience snowsports. We look forward to being part of the Advisory Group and ensuring that diversity and inclusion plays a more prominent role in shaping how we offer and deliver snowsports, within Scotland and across the UK”. 

 

Further detail on snowsport’s responses to Diversity and Inclusion will be shared over the coming months, including new information on the findings of the Diversity and Inclusion research programme.

 

Ben’s Cross Country Ski Challenge – Vasaloppet 2022

One of the scariest aspects of Covid has been the lottery of not knowing exactly how it will impact you. Would you be one of the lucky ones who has no symptoms? Would you end up in hospital? Or would you be one of the 2.5% of people who end up with “long covid”, fatigue symptoms that continue well after your body fights off the initial infection.

 

Our Pathway Coach for Cross-country Skiing, Sarah Young, caught up with one of the newest Fife Roller Ski Club participants, Ben Finch who is suffering from long covid. Having fallen ill right at the start of the pandemic, Ben and his family have had to deal with his symptoms during a period when the term “long-covid” didn’t exist and where there is still a great deal of uncertainty around his symptoms, support for the condition and recovery time.

 

As part of his recovery, Ben has set himself an endurance cross-country ski challenge!

 

The challenge

The official strap line of the challenge is “long covid to long ski”. Ben pitches it is a recovery adventure to rediscover the bits that got lost during the illness. A test to see if it is possible to complete the Vasaloppet 2022 – a 90km classic cross-country ski race in Sweden.

 

Why the Vasa?

The Vasa is a famous long distance ski race that draws over 15,000 participants annual. Ben says it has been on his periphery as something that he would want to do some day.  Having previously done and organised ultramarathons, the Vasaloppet seemed like a good stretch goal when casting about for something to challenge himself with and to be the focus for his recovery efforts. It would also allow him to get back to cross-country skiing, which he’d done as a teenager.

 

Why cross-country skiing?

The story of Ben’s introduction to cross-country skiing is pretty unique and has good deal of nostalgic whimsy. Apparently, his dad just turned up with cross-country skis one day. Then they went on a series of family holidays to Sweden, leaving the house on Christmas day, catching the first ferry from Hull to Gothenburg on Boxing Day and driving somewhere in Sweden to cross-country ski for the week until New Year. They didn’t have any lessons or training, they just went.

 

What is it like training for the Vasa?

Luckily, Ben’s partner Nic, is a personal trainer and she’s been managing his training programme. They’ve had a steep learning curve on how much training is possible, when Ben can push through and when he needs to rest. The general rule seems to be “either mentally or physically tired, never both.”

At the moment they are looking at building endurance, which includes hitting up the FRSC Monday session, an easy ski during the week and a longer ski at the weekend.

Ben also had a trip up to Kingussie to ski with Roger Homyer of Highland Nordic after reaching out to Nordic clubs through Facebook. The trip was great for building confidence – Ben describes it as two guys out on skis enjoying themselves.

 

What roller ski equipment?

As the Vasa is a classic race, Ben has purchased classic roller ski equipment. In post-Brexit January, equipment was difficult to order. Decathlon was out of stock, but in the end some Skate Pro skis were tracked down. Ironically, when they arrived, there was too much snow to go out on them!

Ben commented that one of the Development athletes at the Fife sessions has been complimentary about his boots. He thinks this means they might be quite good quality, which is good as he admits he didn’t really know what he was getting when he ordered them.

 

How’s training with long covid?

With the Vasaloppet challenge, Ben’s really hoping to encourage others further behind in their recovery from long covid that there is light at the end of tunnel. He knows first-hand that the lack of certainty is terrifying. Completing the race will prove that it is possible to get back to normal and even to do something exciting and new. Long covid is not a full stop.

In fact, Ben said at the end of our conversation, it doesn’t even mater if he actually does the race. He’s getting out and doing something regularly, which wasn’t something that seemed possible last July.

 

If you are interested in following Ben’s journey you can check out his Facebook page Ben’s Big Adventure.

 

More info on the Fife Roller Ski Club on their Facebook page!