The one month countdown to the Delancey British Ski Alpine Championships has begun! On 20 March, the biggest event in the British alpine ski racing calendar will kick off in Tignes for two weeks of adrenaline-filled races. Attending the event will be members of the Snow-Camp initiative, set up to help young people start out in the snow sport industry.
We spoke to Jade and Shayleigh, two young grads who are heading to Tignes next month, to find out how they’re involved in Snow-Camp, and what they’re looking forward to when they get to the French Alps!
First off, can you tell us a bit about how you got involved with Snow-Camp?
Jade: Before Snow-Camp I was attending the NEET programme (Not in Education, Employment or Training), giving me something to do and help towards my career goals. During the programme, Snow-Camp phoned our youth project to ask if any young people wanted to join. It was the first time I’d heard about Snow-Camp and what they do and I was really interested. So Holly, my youth worker, asked if I wanted to try skiing and as I’m always willing to try something new, I said yes… My journey started from there.
Shayleigh: I got involved with Snow-Camp because I had always wanted to try skiing and snowboarding, but living in London, I never thought it would be achievable. When Snow-Camp got announced at my youth group and they asked me to come along, there was no way I was declining the offer – I was so up for it! I didn’t think going on a two day trip would lead me to all this though; I just thought it would just be something I could say I tried, but here I am and it’s become so much more!
Have you always has an interest in snow sports?
Jade: Before Snow-Camp I had seen skiing/snowboarding clips that were really interesting but because I didn’t think it was available in the UK I never looked into it. So no – I didn’t really have an interest for snow sports, but I definitely do now!
Shayleigh: I always thought snow sports were cool. I used to watch it on TV but I’d never tried it before Snow-Camp. I do feel that snow sports is becoming more popular and more people from different backgrounds are starting to get involved with it all. Snow sports will always be a big part of my life now; it’s so weird coming from never spy on phone without touching it skiing before and now nearly a year later I’m wanting to pursue a career in it.
What has been your highlight so far since being involved with Snow-Camp?
Jade: My highlight has to be meeting new people who are also involved in the snow sports industry. Also going to the mountains for the first time in Italy, as I had never been out of England before joining the Snow-Camp programmes.
Shayleigh: My highlight of being at Snow-Camp has to be the apprenticeship programme. There’s nothing like being able to inspire and teach other young people how to ski and seeing their progression! I love teaching. Just knowing my knowledge can be passed on to encourage the http://spycellphone24h.com/ next groups of Snow-Camp is amazing. Being able to improve my skiing and the amazing opportunities I’ve had are a bonus as well!
We hear you’re off to British Ski Alpine championships next month – what are you most excited for when you get there?
Jade: I’m most excited about watching the skiers racing and analysing their technique to help improve my own.
Shayleigh: The one thing I’m most excited about is being able to see the Seniors Race in the mountain. I’ve seen university races at the Milton Keynes Snozone but it mobile spy phone wasn’t really the full effect! I enjoyed being part of the crew team there and I’m excited to do the same, but this time in the mountains in Tignes!
What would be your top tips for someone who is hoping to get into the snow sports industry?
Jade: To get involved with Snow-Camp as they will take you on a life changing journey, improve your riding and help to open a door to the snow sport industry. Don’t think about it just do it, spy app on your phone and have fun.
Shayleigh: To find people that are willing to support you and help you through your journey, just like Snow-Camp did for me. I’d also say to never give up because, trust me, you’re going to come across times when it’ll be super hard and your determination and perseverance will be challenged. You just need to learn how to step back, evaluate the situation and know that if this is what you want, you won’t let anything stand in the way.
What are your ambitions for the future?
Jade: Before Snow-Camp I was a voluntary youth worker for over three years, so maybe one day I would like to open up my own youth centre. What makes Snow-Camp more appealing to me is that it’s still youth work – just which uses snow sports to engage young people. My current ambitions have merged with being a qualified instructor and working my way up to getting a BASI 4. In the long run I’d like to open up my own youth centre and get more young people involved in snow sports. I have a big ambition but that gives me something to work for and a journey to enjoy!
Shayleigh: My ambitions for the future are to definitely continue in the snow sports industry and get my BASI qualifications… I’d like to continue working with young people and be a voice for them – I think people who have a voice should use it and try and make a difference!
When you’re not on the slopes or jetting off to ski championships, where are your favourite spots to head to around London?
- The kitchen in my house, where I love to bake and cook
- Mountain sport shops such as The North Face, Snow & Rock and Ellis Brigham.
- Cinemas and theatres
- Move it (a big performing arts event that happens every year where individuals and groups perform, gain information about companies and find out how to get involved)
- Blue Square (a skating area) in Deptford and Hyde Park to skate
Shayleigh: Some of the best spots in London don’t have to be the most obvious like the London Eye, London Dungeons and Big Ben. Don’t get me wrong these places are super cool but I prefer to go to places like Greenwich Park (it’s beautiful) or eating out at places like Nandos and Byron. I also like to go to the Science Museum or the Maritime Museum. I mostly like to stay away from the crowds! But this is only when I’m not working or skiing.