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Five British skiers and snowboarders have each been awarded £5,000 to help them train and compete.


 

 

The money comes from the Backing The Best initiative, which supports athletes who would face difficulties achieving their full potential without financial help.

It's managed by SportsAid for Sport England and draws on £5.5 million of National Lottery funding intended to level the playing field among England's brightest sporting prospects.

The scheme was launched in 2016 after research showed that athletes were dropping out of their sport because of rising costs.

Every year Snowsport England can nominate up to 20 athletes for the grants.

Five have been successful, all of them freestylers.

The youngest is 12-year-old snowboarder Mia Brookes.

Mia BrookesMia Brookes at The BRITS 2019 - photo Motionstoppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She has been winning competitions for years, not only in her age group but against much older contestants.

She is a regular at the top of the podium at The British Snowboard & Freeski Championships, The BRITS, in Laax, which are held annually in April.

The BRITS podiumMia Brookes on top of the podium in April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We featured Mia in this article last spring:

Another star of The BRITS, 14-year-old skier Bradley Fry, also gets £5,000.

Bradley FryBradley Fry - photo Nick Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Backing the Best has supported two of my seasons in LAAX, Switzerland and has contributed towards the travel and accommodation costs associated with the competitions," he said.

"It's also supported a pre-season coaching camp at Banger Park in Austria with JT Freeski Academy.

"In the UK, Backing the Best is used to support travel and slope fees at the Snozone in Milton Keynes and Tamworth Snowdome, as well as annual membership fees.

"Without the support of SportsAid it would be very difficult to continue at this level."

Bradley FryBradley Fry - photo Nick Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other awards go to 15-year-old snowboarder Koby Cook and skiers Thea Fenwick (17) and Justin Taylor-Tipton (18).

Justin Taylor TiptonJustin Taylor Tipton in 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We're absolutely thrilled that five of our athletes have been recognised with individual awards as part of the Backing the Best initiative" Tim Fawke, CEO at Snowsport England, said.

"Each award equates to the sum of £5,000 and will go towards helping to cover expenses such as travel costs, accommodation and medical bills.

"We've been working with SportsAid for three years now and we're excited to be able to play a part in supporting the next generation of promising young British athletes during the early stages of their sporting careers."

Backing the Best has already produced world, European and national age-group level champions with gymnast Taeja James, taekwondo athlete Bradly Sinden and tennis players Jay Clarke and Freya Christie among the programme's success stories.

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