Cross Country Winter Programme

The winter is fast approaching and we will once again be running our Snowsport Scotland winter performance programme and Home nations performance pathway programme from November to March. Primarily based out of Lillehammer, Norway for those born from 2006 to 2000 – working in partnership with GB Snowsports and British Nordic Development squad – the aim of the programme is to develop athletes, provide on snow training and racing opportunities and progress athletes into GB Snowsport squads.

Athletes wishing to be considered for selection to the 2022/23 Winter programme and project Lillehammer should contact the National Performance squad Alex Standen by the 25th of September via email – alex@snowsportscotland.org. This is open to all Scottish and British athletes who meet the criteria below.

The full selection document that athletes will be selected against can be found here.

In addition to the current squad members we selected the following new athletes to summer training that met the selection criteria:

Ewan Mcadam – Fife Roller ski Club
Sophie Forth – Huntly Nordic ski club
Elspeth Cruickshank – Huntly Nordic ski club
Luke Nicholls – Huntly Nordic ski club
Rasmus Ipsen – Huntly Nordic ski club

GBS seeks two new Independent Directors

GB Snowsport (GBS) is the National Governing Body for International Snowsports within the United Kingdom; it is responsible for the representation and management of any British Snowsport athlete who wishes to compete in International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) sanctioned or Olympic events. This includes all Olympic and Paralympic snowsport disciplines together with Speed Skiing and Telemark.

GBS continues on an exciting journey. We have a high profile and energetic CEO and have achieved a number of “firsts” for Great Britain across the full range of our different disciplines. Funding for all sports governing bodies is always tough, but we have developed a number of fund-raising schemes, alongside the funding we get from UK Sport, to secure additional funds to deliver appropriate resources and programmes to help our athletes achieve outstanding competition results. Finding suitable sponsors remains a tough challenge for elite sport, and hence someone with a strong commercial and marketing background will be a significant asset to the Board.

GBS seeks two Independent Director’s (one to act as treasurer) to join the Board and help oversee the organisation and our different sporting disciplines. Applicants should send their CV together with a covering letter indicating their suitability for the role to The Company Secretary, GB Snowsport Limited, 101 New Cavendish Street, London WIW 6XH to arrive by close of business on Tuesday 6 September 2022. Alternatively, both documents can be emailed to cosec@gbsnowsport.com by the same closing date.

To find out more, please view the role descriptions for the INED here, and the Treasurer here.

 

Freelance Snowboard Coaching Role

PARA ADAPTIVE SNOWBOARD COACH

GBS and the Home nations Snowsports governing bodies are looking for instructors and coaches to deliver Para Snowboard training sessions at the indoor snow venues around the UK.
Para Snowboarding is a relatively new sport but the UK has been successful since it came onto the world stage with two World Cup Crystal Globe overall winners and a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Games. We are looking to help grow the grass roots of that sport by creating a community through training events and competitions that supports all snowboarders whatever their disability.

The Para Snowboard Progression sessions are monthly training session where snowboarders with disabilities can come and improve their snowboarding in a supportive environment and meet other para snowboarders. They are aimed at snowboarders who can already link their turns and use the main slope of their local venue without assistance. They are 2-3 hours long and look at all aspects of snowboarding from general technique to freestyle to moguls. They are also a spring board for those that want to go on and compete as Para Snowboarders in boardercross or banked slalom events.

We are looking for instructors or coaches to deliver one of these sessions a month throughout the year at the following locations across the UK:

Chill Factore, Manchester
SnoZone, Castleford
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead/SnoZone, Milton Keynes

There is the potential for successful applicants to accompany future para snowboarders to training camps in the UK and Europe as part of either the National Governing Bodies Training Squad or the GB Snowsports Development team.

Applicants should have a valid instructors licence equivalent to a BASI Snowboard level 2, or a UK Snowsport L2 Coaching qualification. Other characteristics in a candidate that would be appealing, but not a requirement, would be: adaptive snowboard qualifications and/or experience racing boardercross or banked slalom.

For further information or to apply please contact: alastair@snowsportscotland.org

Para-Alpine Pathway Coach Vacancy

Snowsport Scotland in partnership with GB Snowsport are looking to get more people involved  in para-snowsports than ever before and to identify and support athletes that have the  potential to perform on the world stage! 

We are looking to fill an exciting new position Para Alpine Pathway Coach that will focus on delivering events and programmes that support the growth of snowsports & to create UK para-snowsport participation to performance pathways.  

This role will be well supported by the growing para-snowsport pathway coaching team,  which has been funded by sportscotland, GB Snowsport and the Armed Forces Para  Snowsports Team.  

To excel in this role, 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 description, please click on the link below: 

Para-Alpine Job Description 

To apply please send a completed resume and covering letter to 

info@snowsportscotland.org 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Scott Simon, Chief Executive: 07900 804 903  / ceo@snowsportscotland.org

 

Closing date for completed applications: 29th July 2022 

Interviews will be held on: 10/11th August 2022 

 

Nordic Coaching Conference Returns for 2022

SATURDAY and SUNDAY 9 | 10 JULY 2022

Snowsport Scotland are delighted to announce this year’s Nordic Coaching Conference will be held on the weekend of the 9/10 July at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore. The weekend will be an opportunity for Scottish cross-country ski coaches to come together to discuss best practice, refresh technique and learn from one another. The conference will count as a continual professional development (CPD) opportunity.

A full schedule is coming soon. We’ll be covering topics that were requested at last year’s conference, such as common faults and will be providing more on the proficiency awards and para nordic. We’ll also be welcoming along some guest presenters, who will be announced shortly.

Neil & Andrew Simpson receive MBE’s in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Snowsport Scotland are thrilled to hear of Neil and Andrew Simpson are to receive MBE’s in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Neil was born visually impaired with Nystagmus which causes involuntary eye movements and he competes in the visually impaired B3 Category. He started skiing at the age of 4 starting in Aberdeen dry slope joining Gordon Skiers for snow training at The Lecht and Glenshee in Scotland.

After competing in the GB para Alpine championship in 2018 with 2 gold results he was selected for the GB Para Alpine team later that year. In the following years he has podiumed in Para Alpine World Cups in Slalom and Giant Slalom races. 

Much like Neil, Andrew started skiing at Aberdeen Snowsport centre when five. After family ski holidays he joined Gordon Skiers, training in Scotland at The Lecht and Glenshee. 

He started racing in Scottish local races and continued with Scottish and British races at home and abroad. The Scottish Visual Impairment ski club in Edinburgh assisted Andrew with techniques for guiding his brother Neil when Neil was initially classified. Andrew’s debut race with Neil was in 2018 at the GB Para Alpine Championships with a gold in Giant Slalom.

In the Beijing Paralympics in 2022, the two brothers went on to win gold in the Super G VI and bronze in the Super Combined event.

Congratulations Neil and Andrew!

Roy Young receives BEM in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Everyone at Snowsport Scotland is delighted to hear the fantastic news that Roy Young will be given a BEM, for services to Nordic skiing and to the community in Huntly, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Roy is currently Chair for Huntly Nordic Ski Club (HNSC) and is a member of GBSnowsport Nordic committee. He was previously Head Coach for HNSC, Head Coach for the British Nordic Development Squad (BNDS) then GB National Head Coach for Nordic skiing. He led the cross country  team at three winter Olympics and has been awarded Snowsport Scotland Coach of the Year.   

Roy developed the cross country skiing pathway, grassroots to Olympics, firstly with HNSC then as Head Coach of BNDS. Working with Sport Scotland Institute of Sport he built the systems which have taken eight different athletes (five from Huntly) to four Olympics and was the Nordic Head Coach at Vancouver, Sochi and Pyeong Chang. 

Congratulations Roy!

Snowsport Scotland appoints new CEO

Snowsport Scotland announced today (1 June 2022) the appointment of Scott Simon as the governing body’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Simon has developed an extensive career in sport, recently including six years at British Canoeing which culminated as the Head Coach and Team Leader for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has previously contracted for the Scottish Institute for Sport coaching elite and pathway multi-sport athletes. Most recently Scott has been the interim Chair and Performance Director at Scottish Rugby League.

Confirming the appointment, Robbie Clyde, Chair of Snowsport Scotland said, ‘Scott brings extensive knowledge and leadership experience across a range of sports, and crucially knows what it takes to develop and support teams and athletes to the highest levels in sport. This made him the ideal candidate, and I look forward to working with him to bring that same drive and enthusiasm to continue to raise the profile of Snowsports, grow our membership, and inspire the next generation of skiers and snowboarders across Scotland.

Simon said, ‘I am thrilled to be joining Snowsport Scotland at an exciting time and aspire to contribute to continued growth across the industry and in doing so provide quality experiences for our members, communities and athletes. This is a sport I am passionate about and I am enthused to have the opportunity to contribute to the sports legacy by improving participation and increasing performance as a modern, forward-thinking organisation.’

Based in Aviemore, Simon will take up his post immediately on 1 June.

Park & Pipe Committee vacancies

Snowsport Scotland
Discipline Committee Member – Park & Pipe

Role Description

Snowsport Scotland (SSS):
To be the Scottish Governing Body for Snowsports and the representative for Snowsports in Scotland.

Role/Person Specification:
We are looking for an active member of the Park & Pipe, (Freeski or Snowboard) community to join the Snowsport Scotland (SSS) Park & Pipe Committee. Applicants should be excited about the future of park & pipe skiing and snowboarding in Scotland and willing to get stuck into committee responsibilities and projects. Applications should demonstrate a passion and interest for park & pipe and highlight relevant skills you would bring to the committee.

The Opportunity:
The successful candidate would be getting involved with leading and developing Park & Pipe Freeski & Snowboard in Scotland. Scotland has a highly passionate Freeski and Snowboard community with active clubs and facilities running great programs for their members, with skiers & riders from entry level to elite. We are pursuing an ambitious strategy, supported by sportscotland and GB Snowsport: growing participation throughout Scotland, supporting the performance pathway by providing more focused coaching and support to promising individuals and the creation and delivery of events.

Time Commitment:
Committee meetings are currently quarterly and last about 2 hours on a weekday evening. There is pre-reading for meetings and committee members are also asked to complete tasks between meetings.

Expenses/Remuneration:
Meetings are conducted online via Teams or Zoom so expenses are not currently provided.

Accountability:
SSS Committees were established to provide engagement between the SSS Board
and the various discipline communities.

Main Duties:

As a member of the Park & Pipe Committee, you will be considering and making recommendations to the Board on:
• Squad selection, preparation and management;
• Facilities and Terrain parks;
• Performance development programmes;
• Coaching requirements;
• Events & Competition; and
• Communication.

The Park & Pipe Committee is chaired by the SSS Park & Pipe Director, includes SSS pathway and performance coaches, along with representatives from the Park & Pipe community. There are now vacancies as some members have completed their terms of office.

Any other specific details/requirements for this vacancy:
n/a

Terms and Conditions:
Successful candidates will be appointed to this voluntary position initially for a three-year term.

Recruitment Process:
Applications should be sent to info@snowsportscotland.org by Thursday 26th of May 2022.
Applications should demonstrate a passion and interest for Park & Pipe skiing or snowboarding and highlight relevant skills you would bring to the committee.

To complement the existing skills and diversity of the committee, we’d welcome applications from aspiring female representatives.

If you are interested but would like further information before applying please contact Euan Baxter, committee secretary at euan@snowsportscotland.org

Please note:
This vacancy is not open to anyone who has been or becomes:

● Disqualified from holding a Directorship in a Limited Company
● Disqualified from being a Charity Trustee pursuant to section 69 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005
● Suspended or removed

GBR Outdoor 3 – Change of Date

Due to some scheduling issues, GBR Outdoor 3 will now be run based on the results of the Scottish National Champs on Saturday September 3rd.

The race currently listed for Hillend on Sunday June 5th then becomes day two of the usual Twin Peaks race weekend.

If you have managed to pay to enter the Hillend GBR race then please email race@lothianskiracing.co.uk to arrange a refund to be processed.

 

Registrations for the Scottish National Champs/ GBR Outdoor 3 race will be released on the Snowsport Scotland website shortly.