Photo: Mia Brookes and Kirsty Muir hit a rail at SnoZone by Ben Kinnear

69 athletes competing across Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard have been selected to represent Great Britain throughout the 2021/22 season.

The squads, which feature six athletes selected to represent the nation for the first time, will look to build on an outstanding 2020/21 season for British Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard athletes which saw a number of exceptional results, including Charlotte Bankes’ Gold medal finish at the Snowboard Cross World Championships, Silver medals for Izzy Atkin at the X Games and for Kirsty Muir at the World Cup in Aspen, two Golds and a Silver for Mia Brookes in Europa Cup contests, Ollie Davies’ 4th placed finish at the World Championship Skicross in Idrefjall, Zoe Atkin’s World Cup silver and World Championship bronze medals, and three top-10 finishes for James Woods at the X Games in Aspen and the Aspen World Championships.

Athletes across Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard were confirmed at a multi-discipline selection summit designed to ensure Britain is represented by more athletes with current and future podium hopes than ever before.

Announcing the Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard Squad selections, Pat Sharples, GB Snowsport Head Coach, said:

Never before has Britain had such a competitive field of athletes to select from. Despite the challenges faced by all of our athletes last season, they showed that they are capable of putting down world-leading results in some of the toughest competition environments around. Those results, and the squads we’re delighted to announce today, bode well for what promises to be a landmark year for snowsport.”

Gus Kenworthy, selected in the Freeski A Squad, said:

“It is always a privilege to be selected to represent your country, and I’m really looking forward to competing alongside some incredible athletes in all our Freestyle disciplines this year. With the Beijing Games coming up, we’re all super-focused on having the best seasons we can, and the support around the Freestyle squads means we’ve got a great chance to improve on what we achieved last season.”

Charlotte Bankes, Britain’s first Snowboarding World Champion, said:

I can’t wait to get back out into competition this season as part of a group of incredible athletes representing Great Britain in the snowsports disciplines. Last year was obviously a real high point for me personally with great results for all of GB Snowsport, but neither I nor any of the team plan to take our foot off the gas at this stage. There’s some great talent across all of the squads with the best support around us we could hope for, and I’m sure we’ll be driving each other on towards our goals.”

FULL SQUAD LISTS

Moguls – World Cup Squad

Male: Will Feneley, Thomas Gerken Schofield, Matéo Jeannesson
Female: Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Skyler Nunn

Aerials – World Cup Squad

Lloyd Wallace

Ski Cross – World Cup Squad:

Oliver Davies, Emma Peters

Ski Cross – Europa Cup Squad:

Male: Gregory Baillie, Nicholas Bingham, Richard Goldsworthy, Sebastian Ison, Scott Johns, Owen Jones, Patrick Young
Female: Faith Davie, Alannah Lawrie, Claire Winthrop, Zoe Winthrop

Snowboard Cross – World Cup Squad

Male: Huw Nightingale
Female: Charlotte Bankes, Maisie Potter

Snowboard Cross – Europa Cup Squad

Male: Brandon Cain, Bryn Nicholas, Kyle Wise

Freestyle Snowboard – A Squad:

Male:Gabe Adams, Fin Bremner, Billy Cockrell, Glen Ironside*, Matt McCormick, Jamie Nicholls, Ethan Smith*
Female: Mia Brookes, Katie Ormerod

Freestyle Snowboard – B Squad:

Male: Koby Cook, Leon Drynan, Lenny Fenning, Kai Hamaini*, Teiva Hamaini*, Hayden Harvey-Smith, Max Jorge, Logan King, Charlie Lane, Lewis Moore, Liam Tynan, Siddhartha Ullah (Pipe)*
Female: Amber Fennell*

Freeski – A Squad:

Male: Tyler Harding, Gus Kenworthy (Pipe), Chris McCormick, James Woods
Female: Isabel Atkin, Zoe Atkin (Pipe), Connie Brogden (Pipe), Kirsty Muir, Madi Rowlands, Katie Summerhayes

Freeski – B Squad:

Male: Harris Booth, Rylan Evans, Mason Ferebee, Sam Gaskin (Pipe) Tom Greenway, Felix Klein, Jasper Klein, James Pouch, Justin Taylor-Tipton, Sam Ward (Pipe), Harry Wright

*denotes newly selected athletes

My best party trick is… “Shuffling” 

The geekiest thing about me is… “I used to play a lot on the PS4 (I was probably addicted to MW3).”

Tell me you’re a snowsports athlete without telling me you’re a snowsports athlete… “I compete around the world on the WC moguls circuit for Great-Britain.” 

A shower thought I had recently… “The water is cold.” 

When I’m not training or on snow you’ll find me… “Trying to get my dad in the gym, cooking or riding my motorbike.” 

Guilty pleasure… “A vegan chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake.” 

Best travel story… “Our car broke down driving to the airport in Zurich, a big panic, managed to get it fixed and got there just on time.” 

Biggest fail… “Walking into a glass door thinking it was open. ” 

Typical Sunday… “If we have time my mother and I make a nut roast with a banana chocolate mousse for dessert.”

Weirdest gift I have given or received… “I received a shampoo kit.”  

Two truths and a lie… “I love motorbikes, my ski boot shell has split twice, I live in England.” 

I won’t shut up about… “Nutrition.” 

The pandemic has taught me… “To be in control of my health by eating correctly. To be grateful to be able to train during these times (thank you GB Snowsport!).” 

My best party trick is… “I can eat a supersized McDonald’s meal in about 2 minutes. Does that count?”

The geekiest thing about me is… “I spend time killing dragons and ogres on World of Warcraft with my brother.”

Tell me you’re a snowsports athlete without telling me you’re a snowsports athlete… “I spend a great deal of time training, whether on ski slopes, trampolines or in the gym. And I get to travel round the world a lot!”

A shower thought I had recently… “I wish I’d remembered to buy shower gel at the airport.”

Best dance move… ““Cassez la démarche” – It’s the one immortalised by Samuel Umtiti in the 2018 World Cup.”

When I’m not training or on snow you’ll find me… “Blasting my £40 amp with my cheap Chinese electric guitar.”

Guilty pleasure… “I enjoy the Weeknd and Ed Sheeran.”

Best travel story… “Climbing up the volcano Stomboli at night to see the lava flows.”

Biggest fail… “Missed my train in Geneva on the way back from Deer Valley which got me in a real travel mess.”

Typical Sunday… “Improving my mogul turns.”

Weirdest gift I’ve given or received… “I got given a pair of Bernie Sanders style mittens!”

Two truths and a lie… “I used to live on a sailing boat, I can speak Chinese a bit, my grandfather used to be a parachutist.”

I won’t shut up about… “How Slipknot is actually good music.”

The pandemic has taught me… “What soap is.”

My best party trick is… “I’m great on the pole dance😂💃” 

The geekiest thing about me is… “I love to study🤓”

Tell me you’re a snowsports athlete without telling me you’re a snowsports athlete… “I compete on the Moguls World Cup circuit for Great Britain.🎿” 

Best dance move… “Just go crazy😆” 

When I’m not training or on snow you’ll find me… “In the gym or in my art shed.🙌” 

Guilty pleasure… “a sneaky bar of chocolate😄” 

Best travel story… “When the team and I started running to the gate because the check in and security took forever..We were the last on the plane asking them to keep gate open but then sat there for ages…Funny not funny!” 

Biggest fail… “Hard to pick one as I’ve had quite a lot of injuries. They have all taught me more about my body and that giving up is no option.👊” 

Typical Sunday… “If I’m not on a training camp I like to start the day with a nice Yoga routine. After lunch some studying and some Art. Mid Afternoon I’d use the foam roller followed by a nice stretching routine before watching the Chase and Strictly come Dancing (if it’s on).” 

Two truths and a lie… “I love snakes, I have more than 10 scars on my body, and I lose my toenails every season.” 

I won’t shut up about… “Wanting chocolate 😌” 

The pandemic has taught me… “To be grateful for everything I have and to take every day as it comes.♥️” 

GB Snowsport today announce the team who will be selected to compete at the 2021 FIS Freestyle Ski, Snowboard and Freeski Junior World Championships in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Moguls – 21st – 22nd March

Mateo Jeannesson

Tom Jeannesson

Ski Cross – 26th March

Patrick Young

Snowboard Cross – 23rd March

Huw Nightingale

Ski Cross Athletes selected but not attending due to Covid travel restrictions

Owen Johns

Scott Johns

Tommy Dade

Freestyle Snowboard BA/SS selected but not attending due to Covid travel restrictions

Ethan Smith

Mia Brookes

Gabe Adams

GB Snowsport today announce the team who will be competing at the 18th Freestyle World Ski Championships between 8th – 11th March in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The moguls and aerials teams go to Kazakhstan with some strong results with Makayla Gerken Schofield coming 6th at the Deer Valley World Cup, a career best result for her, Tom Gerken Schofield winning silver at the Krasnoyarsk World Cup last season and Lloyd Wallace who placed third in the Aerials Europa Cup in Airolo last weekend.

Moguls & Dual Moguls

Will Feneley

Leonie Gerken Schofield

Makayla Gerken Schofield

Thomas Gerken Schofield

Mateo Jeannesson

Skyler Nunn – pending medical sign off

Max Willis

Aerials

Lloyd Wallace

The World Championships will be broadcast by BBC on the red button from 8th March – follow GB Snowsport social media channels for updates

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month we caught up with Makayla Gerken Schofield, GB Snowsport Moguls Athlete and passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ community.

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History month we first wanted to ask you what being a member of the LGBTQ+ community means to you?

I am proud to say that I am a part of the LGBTQ+ community, trying to educate myself about the community more each day and be there to help others who are struggling to come to terms with their sexuality or in any way.

Do you think being your authentic self has an effect on your sporting performance?

I think that taking responsibility helps on a daily basis, if it’s to do with your relationships, your activities or your sporting performance because you feel liberated, you can just be yourself, and not to be constantly trying to play a role in the presence of your relatives. 

What do you think that landscape is like for LGBTQ+ people is like in snowsports currently? Is there more than can be done in terms of inclusion?

For this subject in particular I could not say much because I actually came out not long ago, many people call me bisexual but I consider myself as pansexual and I never really had the occasion to talk with a lot of athletes but I would be delighted to meet more people in the LGBTQ+ community in snowsports and to bring my support for someone who would need it.

Is there anyone in particular from the LGBTQ+ Community who inspires you or who you want to spotlight?

I haven’t really looked up to anyone as I never really thought about it if that makes sense, I didn’t really do any research about LGBTQ+ community but looking into it I realised I missed out and I enjoy learning about it so maybe one day I will find someone I look up to. 

What would you say to someone within or outside of the snowsports community who is struggling to come to terms with their sexuality?

To take all the time you need to figure it out, it isn’t a race! do whatever you feel the need to do at your own pace. Don’t force yourself to give yourself a label because at the end of the day if you don’t feel the need to label yourself, don’t! That it is okay not to be sure. Protect yourself without hiding (being someone you are not, thinking you need to change who you are to please someone else) and to never forget that you are not the only one to experience this! you are NOT alone. 

You can also watch this video: https://youtu.be/vB9M0f9FDiE

Are there any LGBTQ+ causes you would like to highlight?

Fewer than 30 countries recognise same-sex marriage. The first country to recognize marriage equality was the Netherlands, in 2001.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of issues that need to be highlighted, but the problems that sadden me the most are that in 11 jurisdictions in which the death penalty is imposed, 72 jurisdictions around the world that criminalise private, consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex. 

Where women are not specifically criminalised, lesbians and bisexual women are often arrested or threatened with arrest. I also believe that schools should teach us about LGBTQ+ community because it shouldn’t be hidden anymore.

There are many more that I could highlight –  it is something that society needs to work on and improve.

My best party trick is… “Mum says, I’m a brilliant mimic” 

The geekiest thing about me is… “I swot crystals”

Tell me you’re a snowsports athlete without telling me you’re a snowsports athlete… “I compete in Moguls World cup events representing GB” 

A shower thought I had recently… “Should I shave my head again?”

Best dance move… “One shuffle dance move” 

When I’m not training or on snow you’ll find me… “In the gym, going places with my camera or giving someone a fresh tattoo!” 

Guilty pleasure… “Vegan truffle chocolate” 

Best travel story… “I had a training camp in Dubai, yes you read that correctly Dubai! Got to the airport to check-in and they would not let me go as my passport was invalid within 3 months (had to be 6) so I had to get a flight to London, get a new passport all in one day then finally fly to Dubai!” 

Biggest fail… “Knocking myself out on a skateboard” 

Typical Sunday… “Meditate for at least 10 minutes, write down what I am grateful for in the moment, yoga for at least 20 minutes with my Mum and Sister then watch a bunch of Netflix while I draw new tattoo designs” 

Weirdest gift I have given or received… “I recently received a fluffy unicorn from my girlfriend, it’s about my size! But I love it” 

Two truths and a lie… “I broke my collar bone water ramping, I never answer calls from unknown callers, I love tomatoes” 

I won’t shut up about… “Equality for all genders including LGBTQ+ community” 

The pandemic has taught me… “That it is ok to not have good days, to be more present moment, to take it day by day” 

Catch up with Will Feneley, GB Snowsport Moguls Athlete with one year to go until the Olympic Winter Games, Beijing 2022.

How are you feeling with one year to go until Beijing 2022?

It seems a long way away, but the year will go quick. Qualifications for the Games has already started, so the focus is on putting down performances this season, and then getting ready and prepped for the next season. I’m trying to stay confident and working hard to get the best out of the year.

How do you keep motivated in the short term?

I have short term goals that I’m striving for, which are separate to the Winter Olympics. The focus is to accomplish these goals. We’re lucky to be able to be skiing and competing at the moment, so I’m making the most of every moment, and having fun skiing as well. It can be difficult to be motivated all the time, and especially this year with new obstacles to overcome, But I think it’s important to recognise when I’m feeling less motivated, and use it as a challenge to motivate myself in some way. 

What is the toughest part of your training schedule?

At the moment, it’s definitely all the extra measures that are making travel more stressful. We’re not always sure if we’re able to go somewhere or what we’ll be able to do. It can be uncomfortable but it’s something we have to do at the moment, to ensure covid rules are being followed and that we stay as safe as possible. Outside of the current situation, the hardest part is constantly coming and going. I don’t really have a permanent base, and home (in the U.K.) has no mountains and not really any snow, so I use it as time away from skiing, but not somewhere that I can spend much time each year. 

What is your favourite part of training?

The best feeling is when you accomplish something you were struggling with, whether that be a new trick, or a finals or a podium. It’s definitely a big rush when you succeed at something you’ve been working towards for a long time. I also just love the fact that I’m able to travel all over the world to ski, see so many places, and be around really talented athletes. With training, I love being out in the mountains, after a fresh dump, on a sunny day, in some powder bumps, dicing and slicing. 

Do you listen to music when you train?

I tried listening to music for the first time, during a competition about five years ago. I crashed on the first jump, and from then on have decided that music while skiing is not for me. I know a lot of people that do use music and it seems to work for them.

How are you preparing mentally for competition day?

My mind can easily run into all sorts of scenarios for how a competition might pan out. What could be, what might go wrong, will I do my best? It’s important for me to try and clear me mind, relax, and remind myself that it’s just skiing, and by worrying and stressing, I’m just making it less enjoyable for myself. If I concentrate on the fact that I’m getting ski, then at the end of the day, it’s just another day skiing, and what will be will be. I’m more likely to ski my best, if my mind isn’t stressing about possibility A through Z.

Are there any big milestones that you are working towards between now and the Olympic Winter Games?

We haven’t had too many competitions this year. One of my main goals this year was to make finals in a World Cup. I managed this at the last event, so now the next milestone is to consolidate that, carry on putting down good performances, and carry the progression on into the next season. I’m hoping that I can put down a great performance at the World Championships which will now be held in Kazakhstan at the beginning of March.

What do you do to unwind at the end of a long training day?

After a really long training day, it’s a great feeling getting off all of your gear, and getting into a nice warm shower. I’m a big fan of long showers. I also like to chill out with my teammates, just chatting or playing some kind of games. I’m also studying for a degree in mathematics, so if I’ve had a bad day training, then focussing on something else like my maths, takes my mind off whatever I had done during the day. Overall, to relax, I just like to chill out as much as possible, not put too much energy into anything, other than a great dinner to finish off the day!

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