British Snowboard Team 08

Snowsport GB, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in Great Britain, are extremely excited to announce The British Snowboard Teams for the 2007-2008 season.

31 elite UK athletes make up the five British Snowboard Teams, the British World Cup Snowboardcross Team, British World Cup Halfpipe Team, British Freestyle Team, British Snowboardcross Team and British Junior Snowboard Squad, making it the strongest and most promising line-up to date!

BRITISH WORLD CUP SNOWBOARDCROSS TEAM (SBX)
Programme: FIS World Cups, King of the Hill, X Games, British Championships
Duration: Full Time
Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France
Coach: Craig Smith
Athletes:
Zoe Gillings, Isle of Mann (22)
James Foster, Gloucestershire (26)
Ivy Taylor, Cheshire (22)

BRITISH WORLD CUP HALFPIPE TEAM (HP)
Programme: FIS World Cups, Grand Prix (US), European Open, British Championships
Duration: Full Time
Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France
Coach: Leo Addington
Athletes:
Dan Wakeham, Plymouth (26)
Ben Kilner, Banchory (19)
Sam Cullum, Bracknell (19)
Angus Leith, Aviemore (19)
Lesley McKenna, Aviemore (33)

BRITISH FREESTYLE TEAM (SS, HP, BA)
Programme: FIS Europa Cups, European Open, TTR World Tour, British Championships
Duration: Predominantly Winter (plus Summer Training)
Winter Base: Chatel (Porte du Soliel), France
Coach: Hamish McKnight
Athletes:
Dom Harington, Leeds (23)
Jack Shackelton, Newbury (19)
Kate Foster, Gloucestershire (23)
Laura Berry, Milton Keynes (19)
Matthew (Billy) Neilson, Milton Keynes (17)
Laura Hill, Leeds (23) (TBC)

BRITISH SNOWBOARDCROSS TEAM (SBX)
Programme: FIS Europa Cups, British Championships
Duration: Predominantly Winter (plus Summer Training)
Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France
Coach: Leah Sill
Athletes:
Vickie Pullin, Gloucestershire (22)
Tamsin Evans, Leicestershire (27)
Tim McGregor, Glasgow (21)
Matthew (Matt) Higgin, Middlesex (29)
Michael (Mick) Arrowsmith, Weymouth (36)

BRITISH JUNIOR SNOWBOARD SQUAD (SBX, HP, BA, SS)
British Junior Team: selected from the squad for some events
Programme: European Open, Junior World Championships, World Rookie Fest, British Championships
Duration: 7 Trips (including training camps)
Winter Base: Various Locations
Coach: Sonia Shaw
Elite Athletes (Identified for inclusion in the senior team activities):
James Barrow, Switzerland, (15)
Lee Tarran, Inverness, (15)
Athletes:
Oliver (Ollie) Jackson, Kent, (15)
Dean Horsfield, Accrington (15)
James Smith, East Riding, Yorkshire (14)
Luke Tomlinson, Sheffield (14)
Samuel Turnbull, North Yorkshire (16)
Will Smith, Bradford (13)
Lewis Courtier-Jones, Coventry (12)
Henry Shackelton, Newbury (13)
Aimee Fuller, Northern Ireland (16) (trial)
Mark Raper, Doncaster (15) (trial)

All teams have been busy with pre season training and are keen to showcase their talents and secure results in this seasons forthcoming competitions. The next competition on the British World Cup Snowboardcross Team calendar will be the “King of the Hill” competition in Valdez, Alaska on the 12th December 2007. The British World Cup Halfpipe and Freestlye Teams are currently in Breckenridge, Colorado in preparation for the Chevrolet U.S Snowboarding Grand Prix Halfpipe Competition from 14th – 15th December 2007.

We will be sending out regular team updates via the new “Across the Board” newsletter, subscribe for free at www.snowsportgb.com or just browse the team members profiles.

To understand the support the above teams have during the season, we’ve listed the key people involved who help the athletes achieve success in all areas.

SNOWSPORT GB – SNOWBOARD COMMITTEE
Chairman & Director: John O’Grady
Snowsport GB CEO: Mark Simmers
Associate Director: Stuart Brass
Associate Director: Colin Holden

CENTRAL SUPPORT
Snowsport GB Snowboard Coordinator: Maggie Lawrie
Core PR: Joanne Brown (Soul Sports)
Mainstream PR: Alison Robb (Weber Shandwick)
Head Coach: Craig Smith
Physio: Laura Jeffrey
Wax Tech: Dan Brier
Photographer: Mike Weyerhaeuser
Junior Squad Coordinator: Susan Murrin (Snowsport Scotland)

The British Snowboard Team would like to thank the following for there invaluable support: Sponsors: Zoom Airlines – www.flyzoom.com, Halliwells – www.halliwell-landau.co.uk, FOGG – www.fogginsure.co.uk and Junior Squad sponsors, TSA – www.snowboardasylum.com and SNO!zone – www.snozone.co.uk
Funding organisations: UK Sport – www.uksport.gov.uk, TASS – www.tass.gov.uk, Sport Scotland – www.sportscotland.org.uk, BOA – www.boa.org.uk/wintergames.aspx,

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