‘Awards’ Category

An Autumnal Update

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We are very proud and excited to announce that Leggett Immobilier, an award winning estate agency based in France, are sponsoring the GB Telemark Ski Team this season, look out for their logo on our van and clothing. They have a great team of individuals working for them and they are in fact recruiting, you can read more about their ethos here.

The happy team at Leggett Immobilier

In other news, the British skiing federation, formally known as British Ski and Snowboard, have now re-branded and changed their name to GB Snowsport. The branding is now consistent across all disciplines. You can follow our team channels on /gbtelemark or @gbtelemark.

We, the British, along with athletes from the Czech Republic, USA and Russia have been commuting to and from the Austrian glacier; Hintertux, every other week since the end of September for a week of training at a time. The conditions have been variable, with hard ice to high winds, snow fall and even the odd, perfect blue sky day. We had the luxury once again of staying at Tux Diamant, a lovely chalet in Lanersbach owned by British brewer, Tim Jones. Tim runs his brewery from the basement of the chalet; the beer is called Tux 1280 and has a piste related scheme.

Very icy conditions on the first training camp, the Blossom ski’s were sharp!

Blue skies and grey snow! Awesome to have US athletes; Cory Snyder and Tanner Visnick with us this season, as well as many new comers…

Chatting with team-mate, Jasper Taylor, about skiing stuff no doubt

When you ski on a glacier in October, it starts to get much busier…

Louis Hatchwell and I, joined on the chairlift by the Russian and Czech athletes…

A new outfit from Dare 2b – thanks for supporting the team once more!

International training camp with athletes from the USA, Czech Republic, Russia and Great Britain

Since the beginning of summer, I have been in talks with Nino Severino, about a new concept for sport in Ipswich. Nino is now the founder and director of ‘The Hub – University of Suffolk’ where elite athletes, of all ages, in the area can receive and benefit from many services related to sport science. I am currently a student at the University of Suffolk and already work with Manos Georgiadis, my psychologist and Marco Beato, my physiologist. If Manos and Marco are anything to go by, this really will be one of the leading facilities in the country as Nino plans to offer everything from sport agents to social media support, fitness testing, movement screening and much more.

Some of the sport science team and athletes from The Hub

Some of the athletes from The Hub, posing for a photo at the Ipswich Town Football Club

Nino Severino, from The Hub with Graeme Mac, from BBC Suffolk

Participating in vision and motion testing with Jose Tomas

I was nominated for the Suffolk Sports Personality Award, which is run by Suffolk Sport. The nominations were reduced down to 8, we were then put up for a public vote to reduce this number to 3, I was very pleased to learn I had been selected. Zoe Newson, a power-lifter and Harriet Welham, a basketball player, were also shortlisted so I was very proud to be in this mix. It was an even bigger surprise when I actually won.

The Suffolk Sport Awards

Chatting to Graeme Mac, from BBC Suffolk on the stage

Manos Georgiadis, from the University of Suffolk and Alasdair Jones, from Colchester Physiotherapy

There might be a small height discrepancy! Photo credits and thanks to Keith Mindham

I am absolutely chuffed to have won and thank you to everyone that voted and supported the event, including sponsor Harrod Sport.

After the Suffolk Sport Awards, we commuted to the glacier for one final camp and we ended the week with a telemark test event. The contest format differed from usual in that there was no timing, but positive points given for telemark, rather than penalties for not having the telemark position. There were 4 jump lines where the furthest jump earned more points and a timed skate section which was converted into points as well. Essentially, you had to ski fast enough to jump a long way and carry speed into the loom and then skate, ski with good technique and skate fast. It turns out that I collected the most points and won the event. It was also great to see so many kids from Andorra, Spain and Russia alongside World Cup athletes from Norway, France and the USA. There were a total of 41 competitors, from 8 nations and with FreeHeeler festival running alongside, there were many telemark skiers on the glacier which is always great to see. Again, thank you to event sponsor; Tux 1280, hosts; Tux Finkenberg and Hintertux Glacier and all the organisers and volunteers involved.

Over the finish line! Photo credits and thanks to Tim Jones

Having a lot of fun! Photo credits and thanks to Tim Jones

Goggles off! Photo credits and thanks to Tim Jones

It was also lovely to have my parents there, they are not often on place for training so this was a special occasion! My Dad took photos throughout the day of the contest, you can find more of his images here and some of my favourites below.

Julien ‘Pingu’ Annequin, French National Team Coach with Sebastien Mansart, British National Team Coach. Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

Neil Dixon, making it happen… Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

On course… Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

Colin Dixon (GBR); Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

Barnaby Hodge (GBR); Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

Skating with Seb watching on… Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

The ladies podium and top 10 with Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA) and Goril Strom Eriksen (NOR)! Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

The guys podium and top 10 with Trym Nygaard Loken (NOR), Sivert Hole (NOR) and Raphael Mahlknecht (ITA)! Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

Thanks to Tux 1280 for sponsoring the event; Argeline and I were happy… Photo credits and thanks to Mark Taylor

I now need to get organised for the winter season before heading out to France, there’s a lot to do…

Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Short-list

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Suffolk Sport recently notified me of my nomination for the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Award and I have now been short-listed to the final 5! I’m so pleased to have been selected by the panel – but this year, the public will decide the winner by voting for their favourite. I would be so flattered and grateful of your vote.

If you would like to see me become Suffolk’s Sports Personality of the Year 2014, please vote via email HERE or you can text “D” to 07860 022 777 or call 0844 338 7624 (email is free, texts are the normal rate and calls are charged at 5 pence per minute but calls last no longer than 15 seconds)

You can see the other short-listed athletes’ profiles and get more information on the Suffolk Sport website and my profile HERE. The event takes place on the 12th of September at Trinity Park, just outside of Ipswich, where the winner will be announced.


Suffolk Sport Personality of the Year Award 2014

It’s been a while since my last blog post so I thought I would give a brief update on events while I’m here.

  • Telemark skiing has taken a very important step in the right direction towards becoming a Winter Olympic discipline. Andrew Clarke, FIS Telemark Chairman, said – “Telemark will be included in a combined package of proposals to be made to the International Olympic Committee to be included in the IOC’s Agenda 2020. Telemark could be an Olympic discipline by 2022!” following important meetings earlier this summer in Barcelona.
  • The British Indoor Series has been a true success so far (I’ve been sorry to miss them) and the final race of the summer will take place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 27th September, which I hope to attend.
  • The first World Cup dates have been announced already – back to Hintertux (Austria) for the opening event on November 28th – 30th later this year.

All in all, it’s been a great summer so far and rehab is going well – more news to be announced soon!

Ranked #7 in the World

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This season has been my most successful season yet. I returned to be British Champion following sickness last year, had my first senior World Cup podium (finishing in 2nd place behind Amelie Reymond SUI), 5th in the Parallel Sprint (in the world), finished the season ranked 7th in the world in the overall FIS World Cup standings. Despite missing out on the World Junior Championships due to injury, there are still plenty of positives to learn and improve on.

One of the proudest moments in my life, my first World Cup podium.

One of the proudest moments in my life, my first World Cup podium.

I will now spend the summer in Ipswich, beginning with rehabilitation at the Colchester Physiotherapy Clinic, training with my new biomechanist; Dan Donnelly and improving the mental aspect of my sport with psychologist; Dr Emmanouil (Manos) Georgiadis to come back next season stronger than ever. Thanks to University Campus Suffolk for these fantastic new partnerships.

One of my favourite photos from the season. Fore-running a race with coach, Sebastien Mansart watching on.

One of my favourite photos from the season. Fore-running a race with coach, Sebastien Mansart watching on.

Thank you so much to all my sponsors, partners, team members, coaches, physios, family, friends etc. – (list goes on and on!) for making my life and career as an athlete possible and so awarding and enjoyable.

Hintertux: My First World Cup Podium!

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Wow! What a set of races that was in Hintertux…

I arrived last Sunday in Hintertux having traveled from France with the French Team, it was great to have a few days skiing and training before the racing kicked off. Hintertux Glacier is approximately 3250 meters above sea level and living in Ipswich (England) I think I’m around -10 meters so acclimatizing is very important and never easy, even for athletes that live in the mountains!

The World Cups always begin with an opening ceremony – and Hintertux put on a great show.

Hintertux World Cup Opening Ceremony: I took to the stage to collect my bib - lucky number 7!

Hintertux World Cup Opening Ceremony: I took to the stage to collect my bib – lucky number 7

Then it was time to race! On Friday, we had a Sprint and I finished in 7th position and there was also some great racing from the other Brits, Anna Morrissey finished in 10th place, Andrew Clarke in 25th and Andy Salter also skied well – we all qualified for Sunday’s racing.

Hanging on for dear life!

Sprint Race

Day 2 of racing, was again, a Sprint – this time I finished one better in 6th place but was 4th after the first run so felt a bit disappointed to loose my position, but all in all – 6th is not so bad.

Then came the last day of racing (Sunday) which was the Parallel Sprint. I qualified in 7th position (from the first Sprint race) which meant I met teammate, Anna Morrissey in the first round. I knocked her out, to face Laura Grenier-Soliget from France, then met Simone Oehrli (SUI). It was a close race and she had the lead after the first round. It was still all to play for as she wasn’t ahead by much! I kept cool and skied by best, I was ahead over the jump and as I entered the 360, I saw one ski shoot in front of me, at that point I realized she must have crashed. I’m very sorry for Simone and I wish her a speedy recovery but in the same moment I realized that at worst I was in 2nd place on the senior World Cup podium. I felt overwhelmed and elated – the skate to the finish line was very emotional, I think I was laughing and crying simultaneously! (See the video below to see my reaction!)

Racing Simone (SUI) Oehrli in the Semi Final!

Racing Simone Oehrli (SUI) in the Semi Final

Racing the World Chamion, Amélie Reymond from Switzerland!

Racing the World Champion, Amélie Reymond (SUI)

1) Amélie Reymond SUI 2) ME!!! GBR 3) Mathilde Ilebrekke NOR

1) Amélie Reymond SUI 2) Jasmin Taylor GBR 3) Mathilde Ilebrekke NOR

In the final I raced, the almost unbeatable Amélie Reymond, it was a fairly close race but she was still too strong despite my best efforts! An incredible and indescribable feeling when I crossed the finish line, all the hard work was instantly worth it.

Telemark is Magic!

Telemark is Magic! Athletes united!

I’m now back in Les Houches for a few days rest and more training before the next round of World Cups in Les Contamines.

Thank you to everyone for all the kind words, it really means so much. I’ll leave you with this short video.

Telemark Festival

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Today there was a Telecross in Les Houches, which a combination of skier-cross and telemark. It was a lot of fun, nothing serious – but all part of the telemark festival here this weekend. I have some pictures from our day…

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

After a good day racing I won a hoodie, Tshirt and hat! Otavelo (Fresh Tracks) in Chamonix, were there providing tester equipment for people to try, many skis to choose from.

Yesterday it was the French cup and I finished 3rd Junior, 4th Overall behind the 3 french team girls – all in all a very fun weekend!

Not only a good weekend, but sucessful week back home in england too after winning Colchester’s Under 18′s Sports Personality of the Year award.

Photo of Jasmin Taylor with ski and Colchester Sports Personality Trophy

Colchester Sports Personality trophy

Photo of sports personality cup and certificate awards

Colchester sports personality cup

The prize’s from the British Championships, and my prize from the Sport’s Personality – which grandma collected ;)