Newly announced partnership will support Britain’s Telemark squad with 2022-23 season on the horizon

The GB Telemark Squad have today welcomed dartbus on board as a new sponsor ahead of the 2022-23 season. As team sponsor, dartbus will be supporting the Telemark team as they look to build on a series of impressive results from last season, which included two race wins, a further six podiums, and multiple top-10 finishes at World Cup, FIS, and Junior World Ski Championships levels.

The announcement comes shortly after confirmation of the nine athletes that will represent Britain in Telemark across the new season, which will see a six-person World Cup squad backed up by a three-athlete FIS team.

Jaz Taylor, Telemark World Cup squad member, said: We’re really pleased to have dartbus on board as the newest team sponsor. Support like this makes a huge difference to us as athletes and we cannot thank them enough.

Tom Kisby, owner of dartbus, added: “dartbus is delighted to be a sponsor of the GB Telemark Team. As an environmentally responsible direct transfer provider operating from Geneva to Val Thorens, Tignes and Val d’Isere, we care passionately about skiing and our mountains. In sponsoring the Telemark Team we hope to provide inspiration to even more skiers so they can enjoy this wonderful sport for many years to come.”

The 2022-23 Telemark World Cup season is set to begin in early January, with the first FIS race in Hintertux due to be held on 2-3 December 2022.

GB Snowsport are delighted to welcome Rubicon RAW as the Official Energy Drink of GB Snowsport.

The multi-year partnership, which comes into effect immediately, will see Rubicon RAW supporting British skiers and snowboarders as the Milan-Cortina Olympic and Paralympic cycle gets underway.

Athletes across different diciplines’ World Cup teams will sport Rubicon RAW logos on race suits and competition equipment as part of a wide-ranging partnership that will also see GB Snowsport and Rubicon RAW collaborate on different opportunities to bring British World Class skiers and snowboarders closer to fans across the country.

The announcement of the deal comes at an exciting time for the country’s snowsport scene, with the 2022-23 World Cup season just underway and with three British athletes having already registered top-10 finishes.

Vicky Gosling, GB Snowsport Chief Executive, said

“We are delighted to have a major energy drinks brand like Rubicon RAW come on board. We value partnerships with brands that align with our core values and this is certainly the case here. We look forward to a winning partnership that supports our mutual growth and shared belief in the potential of Britain’s ski and snowboard athletes.

Adrian Troy, Marketing Director at Barr Soft Drinks, said:

We are excited to be entering into a partnership with GB Snowsport and to share our passion for high energy sports with their fans and communities across the UK. We are looking forward to working with the teams at such an exciting time for the sport and supporting their program to put British World Class skiers and snowboarders onto World Cup and World Championships podiums.

Billy Cockrell, GB Snowsport Freestyle Snowboard World Cup Squad member, said:

We’re all super excited to have Rubicon RAW on board as a partner for the next few seasons and we’re really looking forward to working with them. We’ve got an amazing squad this year and it’s so great to have a partner who really cares about snowsport and wants to help us share it with more fans at home and around the world.

Rubicon RAW is a high caffeine energy drink made with 20% fruit juice and natural caffeine and B Vitamins. Launched less than two years ago, RAW has become a favourite among energy drinkers with its big energy hit that is full of flavour.

Announcement of Britain’s Telemark squad for the 2022/23 season sees nine athletes confirmed to represent Britain as the new season approaches

A six-strong World Cup squad headed by 2022 World Cup runner up, Jasmin Taylor, leads the British Telemark squad, with a total of nine skiers named in confirmation of the roster of athletes who will represent the nation through the 2022/23 season.

Sissi Compton, Colin Dixon, Ben Emsley, Timoté Gough and Magnus McIntosh join Taylor in the World Cup Team, with Alec Dixon, Louis Hatchwell and Bonnie Price making up a three-person FIS Team.

Among the squad’s achievements last year were nine podiums including a pair of victories in Les Houches for Taylor, two World Cup top-10s for Emsley, 13 top-20 finishes for Dixon, Gough’s seven top-10s including a top-5 at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in only his second season of competitive racing, top 10s for McIntosh in in Thyon-4-Vallees, and twice in Murren in World Cup and FIS Junior World Ski Championships races, and seven top-20s for Compton, the youngest member of the World Cup Team at 19 years old.

Adrian Pery, Telemark Discipline Committee Chair, said:

British Telemark skiers continue to have an outsized impact at the world’s biggest Telemark competitions, and their track record is a real source of pride for British skiing.

“All nine members of the squad are exceptional competitors and athletes, and they richly deserve their spots in the 2022/23 season squad.”

Jaz Taylor said:

Last year the whole team put down some amazing results, and showed the world that we can be a real force in Telemark racing.

“I’ve been involved in the sport for long enough now to have seen a lot of the team come through the ranks, and I can honestly say that this is one of the most exciting squads we’ve had in the time I’ve been racing.

“We’re all fully focused on the season ahead, and we’ll all be doing our best to make the country proud.”

The 2022/23 Telemark World Cup season begins in Les Contamines from 6-9 January 2023, with the first FIS race in Hintertux due to be held on 2-3 December 2022.

GB Snowsport has issued a full update to national selection policies for competitions in the 2022-23 season and for 2023-24 squad selections

GB Snowsport can confirm that the full selection policy for competitions in the 2022-23 season and squad selections for the 2023-24 season has now been issued.

The policy, which takes effect immediately, outlines the approach that GB Snowsport takes when selecting athletes to represent the nation and covers all disciplines overseen by GB Snowsport.

Full details can be found in the Policies section of the GB Snowsport website.

In light of today’s news from Buckingham Palace, GB Snowsport has issued the following statement

GB Snowsport joins the rest of Great Britain and the Commonwealth in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and share in the sorrow that will be felt across the nation and around the world.

We acknowledge today’s confirmation from UK sport of a £11.9m funding settlement for the Milan-Cortina Olympic and Paralympic cycle

We acknowledge confirmation of UK Sport’s Funding Award to GB Snowsport for the Milan-Cortina cycle, which will see us receive a total of £11.9m to support our athletes’ preparations for the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

This continued investment marks a welcome reinforcement of UK Sport’s backing of Britain’s skiers and snowboarders and, for the second cycle in a row, sees funding exceed the levels invested for the 2018 PyeongChang Games. However, we cannot hide our disappointment that we have not yet persuaded UK Sport to back our athletes to the levels we have seen in the recent past. We will now work closely with UK Sport to understand next steps and to ensure funding is targeted towards disciplines and events that UK Sport believe are most likely to deliver further success on the global stage.

While this funding will directly support our efforts to deliver world class performances in the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to be held in Europe since 2014, it will also ensure British snowsport programmes are supported through a cycle of vital World Cup, World Championships, Europa Cup and FIS level competitions over the coming four years on their qualification journey for Milan-Cortina 2026, settings in which British athletes have excelled in recent years.

We enter this new funding cycle having seen the most successful season in British skiing and snowboarding history, with Dave Ryding’s Alpine World Cup victory, Charlotte Bankes’ Snowboard Cross Crystal Globe, Mia Brookes’ dominance of the Freestyle Snowboard Europa Cup circuit, the medal-winning performances of the Simpson brothers, Ollie Hill, Menna Fitzpatrick and Gary Smith, and Millie Knight and Brett Wild at the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games, and a total of 51 podium positions at World Cup, World Championship, and Europa Cup level, including 10 medals at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, as well as previous successes for Zoe Atkin and Charlotte Bankes at World Championships proving GB Snowsport’s ability to develop athletes capable of competing at the highest levels of global snowsport.

We are grateful to UK Sport and to all of our sponsors and partners for their continued support to GB Snowsport and to our world class athletes.

Header Image: Charlotte Bankes competes at Schladming Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022. Image credit: GEPA pictures / Harald Steiner

The 2023 edition of the Games, the largest global winter multi-sport event for student athletes, will see Lake Placid, USA, host more than 2,500 athletes from over 50 countries.

GB Snowsport are now inviting expressions of interest from British athletes in the following disciplines:

  • Alpine Skiing (Slalom, GS, Super-G, Alpine Combined, Mixed Team Parallel)
  • Cross Country
  • Freestyle (Ski Cross, Big Air, Slopestyle)
  • Nordic Combined
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard (Snowboard Cross, Parallel GS, Parallel Slalom, Big Air, Slopestyle)

Eligibility criteria have been set out by BUCS and FISU; any athletes seeking to compete should ensure they meet all eligibility criteria before submitting a nominations. Competitors must also meet GB Snowsport’s Selection Criteria, which are set out in the GB Snowsport Selection Policy.

Eligibility criteria

Athletes seeking to compete should ensure they meet all the required criteria before submitting an expression of interest

  • Meet the BUCS Eligibility Criteria; and,
  • Satisfy FIS Athlete Eligibility (athletes must be registered with FIS by their National Ski Association (GB Snowsport) and have “Active” status as defined in the FIS database which is published on the official website www.fis-ski.com); and,
  • Meet or exceed the GB Snowsport Selection Policy in their relevant discipline.

Nominations Process

Nominations should be sent via email to GB Snowsport Head of Talent, Mark Ritchie, on mark.ritchie@gbsnowsport.com

  • Subject Line: WUGS23 and Nominee’s Initials (e.g., WUGS23 – MR)
  • Name
  • DOB
  • Active FIS Race Number
  • Snowsports Discipline
  • Contact Address plus email
  • Education institution and course
  • Coach and Club
  • A short paragraph about yourself, including confirmation you would be fit to compete if the Games were starting immediately

Nominees satisfying the GB Snowsport selection process will be invited to make a formal self-nomination to BUCS. Please note that GB Snowsport nomination does not confirm selection, and that final team confirmation decisions rest with BUCS.

GB Snowsport is unable to provide funding towards the World University Games, with personal and coaching costs to be born by the athlete or contributed to by the home eudcation institute.

Header Image: Harris Booth competing at World University Games

We are heartbroken to learn that the search for our friend and colleague, Raph Rinaldi, has ended

Everyone at GB Snowsport is heartbroken to learn that the search for our friend and colleague, Raph Rinaldi, who has been missing in the Italian Alps for the past week-and-a-half has now ended.

A substantial search party involving local rescue teams was involved in attempting to locate Raph after he failed to meet a relative at the Giro D’Italia.

Raph has been a significant part of GB Snowsport’s Paralympic team this cycle supporting all Paralympic disciplines, and most recently attending the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games as Lead Physio for the Para Alpine squad.

Jayne Kavanagh, Head of Paralympic Programmes, said: “We are all devastated to receive this terribly sad news about Raph. He was such an important member of the GB Snowsport team; staff and athletes are all shocked by his disappearance. Our thoughts are with Raph’s family and friends and we will continue to offer our support however we can.”

This week heralds the return of UK Anti-Doping’s crucial ‘Clean Sport Week’ campaign

As UK Anti-Doping’s Clean Sport Week campaign returns for 2022, we are proud to restate our commitment to Clean Sport across all our disciplines, and at every level of British snowsport.

Every year, anti-doping breaches in sport make headline news here in Britain and around the world, with athletes intentionally or unintentionally risking their careers by failing to adhere to anti-doping regulations. As the National Governing Body responsible for Britain’s high-performance skiing and snowboarding programme, we are determined that no British athlete should ever be unaware of the support and education available to them to ensure they do not fall victim to anti-doping violations. We also invest significantly in supporting coaches to complete Coach Clean training programmes, providing security and up-to-date knowledge to our country’s leading coaching talent.

Our education programme spans all teams, athletes, and disciplines within the British high-performance system, and we are also proud to work closely with UK Anti-Doping and the British Home Nations Governing Bodies to make resources and education support available to athletes and coaches at every level of skiing and snowboarding in Britain.

We are ever grateful to UK Anti-Doping for their world-leading programme of support to sports, coaches, and athletes on anti-doping practices, and we fully support their dedication to raising awareness around anti-doping for the good of athletes, federations, and the whole of the UK’s sporting community.

For more information on GB Snowsport’s Clean Sport resources for athletes, coaches, and support teams visit: https://gbsnowsport.com/anti-doping/

To find out more about UK Anti-Doping’s Clean Sport Week 2022, visit https://www.ukad.org.uk/clean-sport-week-2022

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