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A record 13 young British skiers and snowboarders are to get help with their costs for the coming winter season.



The British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation (BSSNF) has awarded the grants to athletes aged 13 to 20.

They compete in the disciplines of alpine, cross country, park and pipe, ski cross and moguls.

They include 15-year-old freestyle snowboarder Gabe Adams, who we've featured on PlanetSKI, and 14-year-old freestyle skier Kirsty Muir who wrote a three-part blog for us on her training camp at Whistler last month:

The youngest recipient is Luca Carrick-Smith, the 13-year-old son of the four-time Winter Olympic ski racer Emma Carrick-Anderson and her husband, Phil Smith, director of the ski course company, Snoworks.

Luca Carrick-SmithLuca Carrick-Smith winning the slalom at the 2018 British Championships















Chris McCormick, who's now 20, is another skier we've written about who will benefit from a grant towards his costs.

Chris McCormickChris McCormick















For the full list of grant recipients, see below.

The foundation was set up in 2016 to ease the financial burden which could prevent talented young skiers and snowboarders from excelling in their chosen sport.

Last year it awarded five grants.

The recipients are chosen from a pool of athletes nominated by the home nations' governing bodies and British Ski and Snowboard.

The money is allocated on the basis of where it will have the greatest impact.

It will be used to subsidise travel, accommodation, training camps and equipment.

More than half of the 13 have been selected in the British team to attend the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Junior World Championships in New Zealand later this month.

British Ski and Snowboard says the grants are certain to help with the costs of attending the event.

"The needs of young athletes vary from family to family, but whether these grants are used to help with travel costs or to purchase a new pair of skis, it is fantastic that the British Ski & Snowboard National Foundation is able to assist developing athletes in ways which are needed most," said Dan Hunt, Performance Director of British Ski & Snowboard.

Will FeneleyMoguls skier Will Feneley gets a grant



















The Foundation has also established partnerships which will provide additional benefit for grant recipients. The partners are:

  • Ellis Brigham - supporting athletes with accessories and necessities throughout the season
  •  Natural Retreats - providing athletes with free season lift passes for Cairngorm, as well as supporting accommodation and travel costs
  • Altius Healthcare - providing athletes with free injury prevention assessments and physio support

"When we established the Foundation two years ago we wanted to be able to provide additional funding to athletes for whom it would have the most impact," the chairman of the foundation, Sir John Ritblat, said.

"It is great to see so many athletes being given assistance this year and I look forward to following their performances and progress over the course of the upcoming season.

"I would like to thank all of our generous donors without whom these grants would not be possible, as well as our commercial partners who are providing additional assistance to the super skiers and snowboarders."

The foundation has made an additional grant to the Futures Project which supports the development of freestyle skiing and snowboard skills for under-18s.


Gabe Adams (15, snowboard slopestyle/big air), Connie Brogden (16, ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Luca Carrick-Smith (13, alpine), Will Feneley (19, moguls), Edouard Guigonnet (16, alpine), Felix Klein (18, ski slopestyle), Jasper Klein (16, ski slopestyle), Chris McCormick (20, ski slopestyle), Kirsty Muir (14, ski halfpipe/slopestyle), Oliver Newman (19, cross country), Emma Peters (20, ski cross), Justin Taylor-Tipton (17, ski slopestyle/big air), Sam Ward (18, ski halfpipe/slopestyle).

Emma PetersEmma Peters













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