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Inspirational British snowsports coaches have been honoured at an event held at the indoor snow centre, Snozone in Castleford.

The UK Snowsports Coaching Awards were presented during a conference attended by around 80 coaches and instructors from different snowsports disciplines - Alpine, Park &Pipe and Telemark.

More than 1000 votes were cast ahead of the awards ceremony.

The winners were:
  • Roger Crombleholme of Midland Ski Club - Children's Coach of the Year
  • Gareth Vogan (Snowboard coach) - Community Coach of the Year
  • Carl Ryding of Pendle Ski Club & Manchester Ski Racing - Development Coach of the Year
  • Tristan Glasse Davies (Dave Ryding's coach) - High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Peter Jesse of Special Olympics Surrey and Aldershot Ski Club - Disability Coach of the Year
  • Bob Eastwood of Kendal Snowsports Club - Coach Mentor of the Year

The keynote speaker at the event was British Ski and Snowboard's Performance Director, Dan Hunt.

He presented his vision of turning Great Britain into a top five snowsports nation by 2030.


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"Great coaching is vital to elite level sport," Hunt said after his speech.

"In my opinion you won't see success without the coaches behind it.

"At British Ski and Snowboard we try and work closely with the athletes to understand what they think they need, and then bring in the coaches that fit to that programme.

"Every coach we employ at BSS is world-class, who truly understand what it takes to win an event and have excellent communication and leadership skills.

"Saying that, some of the best coaches I have met coach at junior level, and indeed many elite coaches operate just as well at all levels."

The two-day conference included a series of presentations, workshops and practical on-snow sessions.

UK Snowsport conference sessionOn-snow session at the 2017 conference















The workshops included psychology sessions such as ‘Coaching your Inner Chimp' and ‘Injury Prevention and Longevity in Snowsports'.

Expert boot fitter Colin Martin from Solutions4Feet took the coaches through an in-depth look at ski boots and explained how having the correct fit can make a huge difference to skiers.

Colin Martin Solutions 4 FeetColin Martin in his workshop
















PlanetSKI's chief reporter Jane Peel has just had new boots fitted by Colin:

Instructors and coaches also got to try out next year's range of skis by Rossignol, one of the long-term sponsors of the event.

"The UK Snowsport Coaching Conference is one of the few occasions that instructors and coaches from all across the UK, that coach different disciplines, can get together in one room," Snowsport England Coaching and Workforce lead, Ryan Grewcock said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for coaches to develop their own skills as well as share ideas with others.

"Castleford Snozone provided a perfect place for us to offer an interactive mix of lectures, classroom sessions as well as making the most of the indoor snow present."

UK Snowsport Coaching Conference 2017UK Snowsport Coaching Conference 2017















More on the winning coaches:

CHILDREN'S COACH OF THE YEAR Roger Crombleholme, head coach of Midland Ski Club, has been instrumental in establishing satellite clubs for various schools and organizing race camps in Holland for young racers to continue their development.

COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR Gareth Vogan, Snowsport England Park & Pipe coach & Swadlincote Ski Centre freestyle coach, whose work with the Park & Pipe academy and understanding that the sports are about enjoyment, friendship and being part of a community have helped rebuild the sessions at Swadlincote.

DEVELOPMENT COACH OF THE YEAR Carl Ryding has dedicated countless hours and years helping those he trains to succeed both at a national and international level, and has inspired numerous athletes to pursue their dreams within the sport.

HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH OF THE YEAR Tristian Glasse Davies, Head Coach British Alpine Men's Technical Team, is the first British coach to take a British athlete to be ranked in the top 10 in the world for alpine ski racing, as well as a world cup podium finish.

DISABILITY COACH OF THE YEAR Peter Jesse, head coach for the Special Olympics Surrey and Aldershot Ski Club for the disabled, Peter has been instrumental in activating and driving for greater access and participation of athletes with disabilities at race events, and including them in practice sessions.

COACH MENTOR OF THE YEAR Bob Eastwood, coach at Kendal snowsports club, leads a group of aspiring and licensed coaches who, whether 18 or 80, want to learn and be as good as they can be.

The UK Snowsports Coaching Conference and Coaching Awards Dinner was organised by the national governing bodies, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

Sponsors for 2017 were Rossignol, Solutions4Feet and Snozone.

MAIN PHOTO: GB's top alpine skier, Dave Ryding with coach Tristan Glasse Davies

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