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EARL OF WESSEX BECOMES PATRON OF BSS
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British Ski and Snowboard, BSS, is the National Governing Body for Snowsports and it now has royal support at an important stage in its development.

Last month, The Earl of Wessex attended the 2017 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes, France.

He witnessed Great Britain's best Alpine skiers compete against the international rising stars of the sport, and presented medals to the race winners.

PlanetSKI's Jane Peel was reporting on the event from Tignes - see here for her story from the time.  

"With the Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, this is a tremendously exciting time for British snowsports," said Sir John Ritblat, President of British Ski and Snowboard and from the principal sponsor, Delancey.

"We are delighted that His Royal Highness will be supporting the journey of our athletes to emulate the success of their summer sports compatriots at the upcoming Games and in the years to come," he added.

Royal support in TignesRoyal support in Tignes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, can he ski?

Yes, and rather well we are told.

The announcement of British Ski and Snowboard's new patronage follows the most successful ever season for British Ski and Snowboard.

It included 15 World Cup podiums, of which two were wins from GB Park and Pipe athletes, three World Championship podiums, three X-Games medals.

There was also Great Britain's best ever Cross Country World Championships result and the best finish in an Alpine World Cup from a British skier in 35 years as Dave Ryding came second in Kitzbuhel.

Among the freestylers we have world-class athletes.

Katie OrmerodKatie Ormerod wins Moscow Big Air World Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James WoodsJames Woods X Games gold medallist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's also been success in Alpine, with Dave Ryding's World Cup silver, in Telemark and other disciplines.

British Ski and Snowboard announced a long-term vision for British snowsports in February 2017, with the date marking one year to go until the next Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea - see here for our report.

It has the ambitious target of becoming one of the world's top five skiing and snowboarding nations by 2030.

This vision will be supported by sponsorship and fundraising from the British Snowsports Fund and British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation which were both launched in 2016.

Here at PlanetSKI we reported on the launch but understand that it has raised limited funds so far.

There is though far more exposure for the British snowsports athletes with their sporting success.

There's even a promotional campaign going on at the moment at Piccadilly Circus in the centre of London.

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