30 June 2016

British Ski and Snowboard's top talent share their stories to inspire young students at Chobham Academy

Yesterday, three of Britain’s top ski and snowboard athletes, including Winter Olympian Snowboarder Aimee Fuller, shared their personal journey and top achievements with hundreds of students from Chobham Academy during three school assemblies. The British Ski and Snowboard athletes, supported by Delancey, included; Charlie Raposo, who is currently ranked Britain’s best Giant Slalom skier and has competed at the World Championships, World Junior Championships, European Youth Olympics, as well as the North American Cup Tour and European Cup Tours; teammate Nick Moynihan, member of the Delancey Senior Alpine squad who took 1st place in the British Championships GS, in Tignes (2015); and Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller who recently claimed 7th in both the South Korea and Czech Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. 
The three athletes spoke at three separate assemblies which took place in the Chobham Academy theatre for children ranging in age from 5 years up to 11 years. During the assembly they presented their personal training videos and spoke about their biggest achievements, in hope to inspire their young audience to work hard at their own goals.
Aimee Fuller commented: “It was amazing to speak to such a large variety of kids, who all seemed interested in finding out more about our Snowsports journeys.”

One of Chobham Academy’s students, Kara Maloney (aged seven) commented: “I absolutely loved meeting Charlie, Aimee and Nick. The best thing was learning about doing snowboard tricks. It was good to meet an actual person from the Olympics. Everything they said was amazing.”
After each of the presentations, the athletes also offered a chance for the children to dress up in their equipment and then afterwards, they gave away various prizes during a Question and Answer session for those interested to find out more. 
Alpine skier, Charlie Raposo commented: “It was a lot of fun to come in and inspire the kids today at Chobham. They were all super responsive and it was very rewarding.”
Nick Moynihan, who presented alongside Charlie, also commented: 
“What an amazing day spending time with the kids at Chobham Academy and such an amazing experience to speak to what I hope might be future racers.”

Students also received information about how to get involved in Snowsports through the innovative charity, Snow-Camp. Snow-Camp is an inspiring youth programme that uses a unique combination of skiing and snowboarding to support inner-city young people. 
Snow-Camp Founder and Director, Dan Charlish commented: 
“It is important that children and young people realise they don’t have to live in the Alps to get involved in Snowsports. At Snow-Camp, we provide different programmes based at local snow centres and dry slopes, which teach young people how to ski and snowboard whilst developing new skills and gaining new qualifications which can support their future.”
Organised by real estate investment, development and advisory company Delancey, who is Principal Sponsor of British Ski & Snowboard and Charity Partner to Snow-Camp, it is hoped that these assemblies will not only encourage more children to work hard to pursue their dreams, but also to generate more support from the nation for Great Britain’s Snowsports athletes.
Jamie Ritblat, founder and CEO of Delancey commented: “Being Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard over the last six years, has provided us with the invaluable opportunity to not only support our nation’s top athletes, but to also encourage the community to get involved in the sport. These assemblies not only raise awareness of Snowsports in schools, but also leave the children feeling determined and inspired to achieve their own personal goals, which is very important.”
If you would like a Delancey Snowsports Assembly to visit your school, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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