Sochi bound GB athletes Jamie Nicholls and Anna Turney get behind snowsports at TSC
Together with 20 year old, Professional Snowboarder, Jamie Nicholls, The Snow Centre is developing the next generation of snowboard talent in their Ignite Junior Snowboard Academy. With guidance from Jamie Nicholls, The Snow Centre hopes to inspire the next generation of UK talent to follow in his tracks.
Ignite Junior Snowboard Academy offers young snowboarders, ages 7 -16 a coaching style club where they are given the chance to progress from Level 6 Snowboarding to advanced freeride and freestyle during 2 hour sessions on Saturday mornings.
Following his selection to represent Team GB in Sochi, Jamie adds, “I am delighted to be an ambassador for The Snow Centre and really look forward to helping out where I can. I want to push the Ignite Junior Snowboard Club as I think this is key to bringing up new talent and hopefully one day seeing some of them represent our country in the Olympics too. ”
Also heading for Sochi 2014 is Anna Turney, selected for the Paralympic Team. Anna Turney signed an exclusive deal with The Snow Centre last October. In 2006 Anna broke her back while snowboard racing and determined not to be defeated, Anna decided to become a Paralympic Ski Racer. After three years of intensive training, Anna came sixth in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics, and is now representing GB in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games.
In partnership with Snowbility, The Snow Centre welcomes and offers ski lessons to guests with additional needs year round and is the official training base for Disability Snowsports UK. Anna Turney hopes this union will inspire more individuals to get involved in Snowsports. Anna comments: ‘I would not be here, striving to be the best I can be, if it wasn’t for the support of my sponsors such as The Snow Centre.’
Zero to hero in 2014 – follow in their tracks! 4 Week Adult Beginner Ski or Snowboard Courses
With the largest Lesson slope in the UK and a 160m Main Slope, the centre’s new 4 Week Adult Beginner Ski or Snowboard Courses will create budding Olympians from 0 to hero in no time.
Running at the same time every week from Thursday 6th March at 7.30pm or Sunday 9th March at 8pm, these 4 weeks courses comprise of 1 ½ hour sessions providing six hours of tuition including equipment and a complimentary drink after every session for just £139.
Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell head up Olympic themed roadshow at Skiplex in Reading on Sunday 6th October
Skiplex in Reading is kick-starting the winter season with an Olympic themed roadshow featuring two of Great Britain’s most well-known skiers – three-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott and BBC Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell.
Slide2Sochi Sunday is being run in conjunction with governing body Snowsport England on Sunday 6th October and will give visitors the chance to get coaching tips from both Chemmy and Graham as well as ski or snowboard for free or for a hugely discounted price on the Skiplex endless slopes.
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February less than six months away the roadshow will be buzzing with Olympic fever with visitors able to sign a giant good luck snowball for the British wintersports athletes, have their face painted with their favourite country’s flag and find out how they can get involved in skiing and snowboarding and become the next wintersports hero as part of the GO SKI GO BOARD campaign*. There will also be a big barbeque on offer for all visitors, making it a great day out for all the family.
Chemmy Alcott said: “I am really excited for the Slide2Sochi event at Skiplex on the 6th October – its a great way for the public to get involved with us, the athletes, and experience the latest way to learn to ski at Skiplex. It should be a great day and I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!”
Graham Bell said: “The Slide2Sochi roadshow at SkiPlex will be a great way to raise awareness of the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics in Russia in 2014. I’m looking forward to meeting loads of budding skiers and snowboarders at the Skiplex Reading and hope they’ll all be looking forward to watching the Sochi 2014 Olympics in February & March 2014 where I’ll be presenting the television coverage from the mountains.”
Skiplex Marketing Manager Cordelia Kerr said: “We are hugely excited about our Slide2Sochi event with Chemmy and Graham. It will be a great opportunity to get people buzzing about the upcoming Winter Olympics and for people to come and see what Skiplex is all about. The nature of the revolving slopes means that everyone will be able to get involved with the skiers, whether on or off the slopes so the centre should be alive with Olympic fever! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or advanced skier, Skiplex is the perfect place to come and enjoy your skiing and support our athletes.”
Please contact Betony Garner, Media Officer, GO SKI GO BOARD and Slide2Sochi Roadshows for more information firstname.lastname@example.org / 07779 801 691
For Skiplex press enquiries please contact Vanessa Fisher HERE /07957 618525
Media are invited to the event and both Chemmy and Graham will be available for interview. Please email or call Betony or Vanessa if you would like to attend.
Skiplex is a new way to learn how to ski or snowboard, get your ski legs back or fine tune technique. The revolving slopes are made of a forgiving carpet-like material which is much softer than the traditional dry slopes and the speed and gradient can be altered to suit all abilities.
Slide2Sochi Sunday and GO SKI GO BOARD
*The Slide2Sochi complements Snowsport England’s new national participation campaign GO SKI GO BOARD, www.goskigoboard.org.uk, which is aimed at getting more people into and back into snowsports.