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Project Balance How Gb Snowsport Is Bringing Snowboarding To Inner Towns Through Skateboarding

Project Balance: How GB Snowsport is Using Skateboarding to Bring Snowboarding to Inner Cities 2:45 GB Snowsport is targeting inner-city children interested in skateboarding to try and identify the future generation of snowboarding talent GB Snowsport is targeting inner-city youngsters interested in skateboarding to try and identify the next generation of snowboarding talent Snow sports have not h GB Snowsport is targeting inner-city youngsters interested in skateboarding to try and identify the next generation of snowboarding talent
GB Snowsport hopes to enter into the top five countries in the world by 2030, and with UK Sport funding increasing from PS2 million in Sochi 2014 to PS11.1 million in Beijing 2022, they appear to be on the right track.
Vicky Gosling, the head of GB Snowsport, is driving this shift while simultaneously working to make snow sports in the UK more diverse and inclusive.
She did so by founding Project Balance, a British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation initiative aimed at forging new links between young people in metropolitan areas and the country’s winter sport program.
Gosling tells Sky Sports News, “Launching Project Balance is a really important milestone for GB Snowsport.”
“As we prepare for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it’s critical that we demonstrate to young people across the country that our sports family is and can be relevant to them – whether they want to be an athlete, a participant, a coach, or a fan.”
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Many families whose children are offered the opportunity to participate in snow sport vacations from an early age are unable to finance it.
“It is something we need to take responsibility for in terms of finding methods to make it more accessible, working closely with the home nations, working with the snow domes and facilities we have in the UK,” Gosling says.
“For me, Project Balance is about providing kids with the opportunity to get engaged with skateboarding in the first place, as well as providing them with a clear pathway to getting into the mountains,” she explains.
The first Project Balance trial runs from May to July 2021, with Olympic and Paralympic team athletes in attendance at various stages throughout the program.
Katie Ormerod, a trailblazing Team GB freestyle snowboarder, attended the Project Balance event with children, emphasizing the significance of diversity and inclusiveness in snow sports.
Katie became the youngest girl to land a double backflip on a snowboard at the age of 15 and the first woman to land a backside double cork 1080 in a competitive event at the age of 16.
Katie Ormerod was unable to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics due to an injury sustained in training. Nonetheless, like many other snow sport athletes, Ormerod honed her skills on a skateboard in the days leading up to the Games.
“The balance is really similar,” she explains, “and it also encourages excellent habits that you can carry into the mountains.”
“This project is fantastic because we’re taking kids from the inner city, where there may not be a dry slope and certainly no mountains, but we’re teaching them the core snowboard skills they’ll need.”
“They’re so transferable, so it’s great that we’re providing them the chance to gain these skills that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.”

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