Influential Women in Snowsport - the Snowsport England Dryslope Ambassadors

In relation to our Women in Snowsport themed newsletter this week, we spoke to 3 of the Snowsport England Dryslope Ambassadors to find a bit more about how they got into ski racing and who inspires them as well as an insight into their work as ambassadors for the sport.

 

Nicole Shering, 18, Aldershot Ski Club

 Photo: Racer Ready Ski Magazine

How did you get involved in ski racing?

My parents were both keen skiiers and wanted to take me on a ski holiday.  They took me down to my local ski club, (Snowtrax) to learn at 5 years old, from there I haven’t looked back. 

 

Which role models did you look up to when you started, and are there any different ones now?

When I was younger, I looked up to my coaches and their achievements, whereas now I see the likes of Dave Ryding and what he has achieved from starting out on dryslope himself. 

 

What does your role as a dry slope ambassador involve?

Being a role model for other racers, not just through how well we do but also through our attitude to the sport. I always try and help other racers through course inspection, especially the under 10 and under 12’s.  

 

How have you found being an ambassador has helped you?

Not only is it something great to put on your CV, but it’s helped me to gain more confidence and allowed me to pass on my knowledge to the younger racers. 

 

Where do you see your skiing career in 5 years time?

I would like to continue gaining my coaching qualifications to then be involved with coaching other racers, abroad and in the UK. 

 

What do you enjoy most about skiing?

I enjoy everything about skiing, the racing, the social, skiing holidays and seeing different places I wouldn’t usually get to see. 

 

 

Eva Pascoe, 15, Torquay Alpine Ski Club

How did you get involved in ski racing?

I started skiing at 4 years old, with lessons at Plymouth Ski Slope. I joined a junior ski club on a Saturday morning which led to me joining the new race club that started there that year. My first race was the South West Schools Race at Gloucester. By the time I was nine, I joined Torquay Alpine Race Club

 

Which role models did you look up to when you started, and are there any different ones now? 

After meeting Chemmy Alcott and Eddie the Eagle at Torquay’s 50th anniversary as a Ski Club, I was even more inspired to become a better ski racer. I also looked up to many of the older and faster dry slope ski racers because I wanted to be just like them - I still do now. 

 

What does your role as ambassador involve? 

It is important to uphold good sportsmanship but even more so as an Ambassador. It is a privilege and responsibility that deserves respect and in this sense has taught me lots about being aware and managing myself publicly and being a good role model for others. For example, over the last two years I have presented medals and spoken publicly to congratulate racers at the South West Schools Race 2017/18 - a race where it all began for me. 

 

How have you found being an ambassador has helped you? 

I think being an Ambassador has helped me understand and appreciate my achievements as an individual performer but also as a group of athletes. On the occasions we come together to train there is a great sense of camaraderie with a good helping of competition! Being an ambassador has given me confidence, not only in racing but also with speaking publicly.  

 

Where do you see your skiing career in 5 years time?

I would love to keep racing and continue enjoying my time on the dry slope circuit. I enjoy training, learning more, refining my technique and preparation for races. I would like to balance my studies with progressing onto competing at FIS level in the future.

 

What do you enjoy most about skiing?

I love going as fast as I can and meeting lots of new people, but most of all I love spending time with my friends and feeling the atmosphere of a ski race. 

 

Chloe Chapman, 14, Tigers Ski Club

How did you get involved in ski racing?

I got involved in ski racing by having lessons at my local dryslope and soon after joined a kids club, I then started competing in fun races before joining a race club and entering national races.

 

Which role models did you look up to when you started, and are there any different ones now?

When I first started racing I saw the older, faster girls as role models. I still see them as role models now, as well as the girls on the World Cup circuit!

 

What does your role as a dry slope ambassador involve?

As an ambassador I enjoy helping the younger racers by helping them in inspection and telling them which bits of the course are important.

 

How have you found being an ambassador has helped you?

Being an ambassador has helped me by increasing self confidence and also made me think more about helping others and being a good role model

 

Where do you see your skiing career in 5 years time?

In five years time I hope to still be racing on dryslope but also improving on alpine

 

What do you enjoy most about skiing?

The thing I enjoy most about skiing is that you can make friends from all around Britain and being around incredible athletes!

 

 
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