British student athletes are being encouraged to put themselves forward for selection for the 30th edition of the rescheduled winter fisu world university games in lucerne, switzerland this december
The Games, which is the largest global winter multi-sport event for student athletes, will see more than 2,500 athletes representing over 50 countries compete across 11 days from 11-21 December 2021 with the British team overseen by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). With an expected global audience of more than 300m viewers in over 100 countries, the World University Games have long played an important role in supporting up-and-coming athletes with high-level competition experience at a formative point in their careers.
Eligible British snowsport athletes interested in competing are now being asked to put themselves forward for selection across the following disciplines:
- Snowboarding (Slopestyle, Big Air, Parallel Grand Slalom, Parallel Slalom)
- Freestyle Skiing (Slopestyle, Big Air)
The following eligibility criteria apply for athletes seeking selection:
- Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at a university or similar institute, the states of which is recognised by the appropriate national academic authority of their country (athletes beginning their academic courses in September 2021 are eligible, so long as they meet the relevant age criteria), or former students of those institutions who have obtained their academic degree of diploma in the calendar year preceding the event
- Be at least 18 and no older than 25 years of age on 31 December 2021 (dates of birth between 01 January 1996 and 31 December 2003).
Applying athletes should note that the British team is run by BUCS and competition will cost athletes in the region of £1500, including coaching costs. Many individual University Sports Unions have traditionally offered grants to contribute to these costs, and we would encourage all interested athletes to communicate with their respective institutions to understand if this is the case prior to beginning the expression of interest process. The Games will take place between 11 and 21 December 2021.
Once athletes are selected, BUCS and GB Snowsport will work with the athlete to identify coaches of the appropriate standard to support their efforts at the event.
GB Snowsport Performance Criteria for selection to the World University Games can be found in the GB Snowsport Selection Policy.