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Thomas Gerken Schofield, a 19-year-old from Essex, has won a prestigious award to recognise outstanding new snowsports talent. NEW

The mogul skier, who won two silver medals at the Junior World Championships earlier this year, has taken the 2017 Ski Club of Great Britain Evie Pinching Award.

Competition was incredibly close right up to the last hours of the public vote.

Gerken Schofield pipped it ahead of the five other shortlisted athletes.

He gets a one-off bursary of £1,000 for the year to help with training and competitions.

He also has the opportunity to take part in Swiss-Ski athlete training camps in the run up to next season.

"Well I definitely didn't expect to win with the other incredible skiers in there, I'm obviously really happy about it, I'm over the moon," he said.

"This award has motivated me to work even harder in training, to get fitter and stronger so that I can be the best I can possibly be for 2018.

"I'm really looking forward to training with the Swiss athletes too. Huge thanks to BSS (British Ski and Snowboard) for nominating me and to everyone that voted for me, thank you all for believing in me."

Thomas Gerken SchofieldThomas Gerken Schofield













Gerken Schofield was up against a strong field of candidates.

The other five shortlisted athletes were:

  • Ellie Souter (16) - Freeride & Freestyle Snowboard Cross
  • Laurie Taylor (20) - Alpine skiing
  • Kirsty Muir (13) - Freestyle skiing
  • James Whitley (19) - Alpine Parasnowsports Standing skiing
  • Cal Sandieson (19) - Freestyle skiing
Kirsty MuirShortlisted athlete Kirsty Muir















This year, athletes were nominated by the sport's National Governing Bodies, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport Wales, Disability Snowsport UK and British Ski and Snowboard.

The shortlist of six was chosen by the Ski Club.

The award is named after Evelyn Pinching (1915-1988), a British alpine skier who competed in the Olympics.

She won Britain's first World Championship medals at the 1936 women's downhill and combined events in Innsbruck at the age of 21.

To be eligible, athletes must be aged 24 and under, and considered ‘ones to watch' in their discipline.

Frank McCusker, Chief Executive of the Ski Club of Great Britain commented:

"It is fantastic for the Ski Club to be able to support young talent with the Evie Pinching Award, especially when it helps some of the more niche disciplines that don't necessarily get as much funding.

"Thomas has already achieved some great results already and hopefully this funding and training with the Swiss will give him that extra boost that will take him to the next level."

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