Four volunteers recognised for their contribution to English snowsports as part of the new Chair’s Awards

This week saw the 'Chair’s Awards’ take place at the Snowsport England AGM, with four volunteers being honoured for their commitment and contribution to snowsports.

Martin Tomlinson MBE was honoured for his tireless work with English skiing since he was first involved with the English national governing body in 1976 and specifically for his work with snowsports in schools. After joining the Schools Committee of the English Ski Council in 1986, he stayed involved for over 10 years, making sure schools continued to be engaged with skiing. Martin was made Chair of the Snowsport England Schools Committee between 2006 and 2016, and has been a key part of the group, recruiting a team to represent snowsports in Education, Schools and Youth Services across England.


When asked about his thoughts on being awarded a Chariman’s Award, Martin Tominlson MBE said “I feel very honoured to have been recognised in this way. I know there are many, many volunteers who put an enormous amount of time and effort into the development of our sport with young people. It is immensely rewarding and the participation of so many young people in school snowsport opportunities does provide all the satisfaction anyone could want. The schools committee has provided the national governing body with very high quality support and guidance on best practice for schools to follow. I am very grateful to those colleagues who have stood by me and the committee over the years. I know they and the committee will continue to provide expertise and knowledge to encourage the sport to develop.”  


Three volunteers were recognised by the Chair for their huge contribution to English skiing, and specifically their hard work behind organising and running the English Alpine Championships. Kevin Webb, Andrea Grant and David Manns were all presented awards by Chair Jamie Horner in recognition for years of work to run the biggest overseas event on the English snowsports calendar.

Kevin was Chief of Championships for 5 years, after taking over the role in 2009. He has then continued as a key member of the team, always being the first person on hand to help with anything and everything to do with the Championships. In 2014, due to the growth of the Championships, Andrea and David took on running the event and have managed to follow on from Kev’s great work. The Championships over this period have gone from strength to strength and this is down to all the volunteers but especially Kev, Andrea and David and the work they have put in. The Chairman also wanted to acknowledge David’s huge amount of work on GBSKI and the seeding system, which has been a massive help and enabled Britski to become an archive site.

David commented following receiving the award: I was first involved in the English Alpine Championships way back in about 2003. Since then, I have been on the team in every year bar one, and during that time Snowsport England and the various members of the team have helped me develop from those first nervous outings to the position where I am now confident to handle any challenge that is thrown my way.


“When a highly respected and experienced FIS Technical Delegate tells you that we run the most professional competition he has seen anywhere, that’s hard to top! I am proud to be one of the recipients of the Chairman’s Award this year, it is very gratifying to be appreciated for the huge amount of largely unseen work that goes on in preparation for the Championships. It’s a team effort of course, and we do have a very strong team, most of whom I hope to see out in Bormio for the 2018 Champs!”

Andrea said of her award: “I love seeing the enjoyment the competitors get out of competing at the Champs. The buzz in Bormio is always great, with the town welcoming us back year after year. I love working with such a great team and knowing it’s one of the best loved races on the British Alpine Calendar is fantastic


“ It feels good to be recognised for the all the hard work that has gone into making the English Champs such a success and for all the work that goes in behind the scenes that no one sees. Having said that it is all about team work and it wouldn’t happen without the whole team. Having come from grass roots skiing at Hemel when my children were young, we now need more parents to come on board. It would be great to see more volunteers following my footsteps.”


Kevin said after learning he had won the award: “I got involved with the Championships in 2003, taking over as Chief of Champs in 2009. I love being part of the team, and I am delighted we have developed the Champs to a point where it is regarded as one of the premier events on the British Snowsports Calendar. I am so honoured to receive this award. I wasn’t really expecting it!”


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