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.
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
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
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…