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HUNTING FOR THE NEXT STAR
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The search is on to find the next find Olympic freestyle skiing or snowboarding star. It is looking outside of snowsports but not all agree with the idea.

The latest talent ID campaign is being run by UK Sport in conjunction with GB Park and Pipe and British Ski and Snowboard.

It's an opportunity for a young athlete who's got talent, drive and determination, but might not have the funds - or even any experience on snow.

"If you're already good at parkour, or brilliant on your BMX, or find that you can pick up skills like gymnastics, slacklining or skateboarding quicker than your peers, then get in touch," said one of the organisers of the campaign.

They are looking for athletes with raw power, skill and agility, but that may be currently in the wrong sport.

 With the right training it is hoped they will turn to skiing or snowboarding - and bring snowpsorts sporting success.

 

 However the campaign has not met with universal approval as some think it is simply a quest for medal glory and not true to the spirit of the sports:

 "Isn't this just sucking the soul out a little bit? People should be riding because they want to, not jumping onto a fast track training course to the olympics because they're good at P.E & have a competitive attitude, seems all a bit manufactured to me..."

The comment was made on Facebook and has been agreed with and liked.

However it is a model used across elite sport where athletes who don't quite make the grade in one discipline switch to another.

For example the GB bobsled team is made up of past sprinters - one remains the third fastest GB athlete over 100m as we reported here on PlanetSKI.

Amy Williams won gold in the skeleton at Vancouver in 2010 for Team GB - she was originally a 400m runner but she was unable to qualify for the national athletics team so she switched to skeleton. 

This new campaign is unusual in that it is going to the grassroots rather than the top.

Over the Autumn 2016 there are sessions in Manchester, Glasgow and London, with spots on the GB Park and Pipe Pathway team up for grabs.

Go to uksport.gov.uk/talent for the full details.

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