British Telemark has launched an appeal to secure new backing for one of the nation’s enduring skiing success stories
Ranked fifth in FIS Telemark World Cup tour national standings, the GB Telemark Ski Team has achieved a remarkable level of success against competitors from some of the world’s most established snowsport nations. That success is particularly notable given that Telemark is not currently recognised as an Olympic discipline, and thus does not quality for public funding, with the ten skiers selected to represent Britain in the coming year all doing so as amateur athletes.
GB Telemark has now come together with Skiers Trust of Great Britain to establish the British Telemark Futures Fund, a charitable fund created specifically to support the current squad’s athletes and training programmes, and to encourage more athletes to become competitive Telemark skiers and maintain Britain’s standing at the highest reaches of the sport.
All funds raised through the British Telemark Futures Fund will be directed to the best possible use by an experienced and knowledgeable nomination panel including ex-competitive Telemark skiers and national coaching representatives.
GB Telemark’s newly launched Go Fund Me campaign is now calling on members of the public to donate in support of British Telemark skiing. The money raised will go to the British Telemark Futures Fund to ensure it is put to the best possible use for the benefit of one of Britain’s most compelling snowsport success stories.
World Cup Squad member, Jasmin Taylor, said:
“We’ve received a lot of great support over the years, and this support so far has made our successes possible. It is not easy trying to be competitive with the best winter sport nations in the world but I am really proud of what we have managed to achieve.”
World Cup Squad member, Colin Dixon, added:
“It’s always a pleasure representing your country on the world stage and the entire team feels the same about this. Any support we receive is amazing and allows us to compete in the sport we love. We hope this can continue for years to come.”
The campaign is already underway, while the World Cup racers are set to begin the 2023/24 season in mid-December, with the first scheduled World Cup races of the season due to take place in Pinzolo, Italy.