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British Snowboard Teams Announced for 2007-2008

Snowsport GB, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in Great Britain, are extremely excited to announce The British Snowboard Teams for the 2007-2008 season. 31 elite UK athletes make up the five British Snowboard Teams, the British World Cup Snowboardcross Team, British World Cup Halfpipe Team, British Freestyle Team, British Snowboardcross Team and British Junior Snowboard Squad, making it the strongest and most promising line-up to date!

BRITISH WORLD CUP SNOWBOARDCROSS TEAM (SBX)

Programme: FIS World Cups, King of the Hill, X Games, British Championships

Duration: Full Time

Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France

Coach: Craig Smith

Athletes:

Zoe Gillings, Isle of Mann (22)

James Foster, Gloucestershire (26)

Ivy Taylor, Cheshire (22)

BRITISH WORLD CUP HALFPIPE TEAM (HP)

Programme: FIS World Cups, Grand Prix (US), European Open, British Championships

Duration: Full Time

Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France

Coach: Leo Addington

Athletes:

Dan Wakeham, Plymouth (26)

Ben Kilner, Banchory (19)

Sam Cullum, Bracknell (19)

Angus Leith, Aviemore (19)

Lesley McKenna, Aviemore (33)

BRITISH FREESTYLE TEAM (SS, HP, BA)

Programme: FIS Europa Cups, European Open, TTR World Tour, British Championships

Duration: Predominantly Winter (plus Summer Training)

Winter Base: Chatel (Porte du Soliel), France

Coach: Hamish McKnight

Athletes:

Dom Harington, Leeds (23)

Jack Shackelton, Newbury (19)

Kate Foster, Gloucestershire (23)

Laura Berry, Milton Keynes (19)

Matthew (Billy) Neilson, Milton Keynes (17)

Laura Hill, Leeds (23) (TBC)

BRITISH SNOWBOARDCROSS TEAM (SBX)

Programme: FIS Europa Cups, British Championships

Duration: Predominantly Winter (plus Summer Training)

Winter Base: Abondace (Porte du Soliel), France

Coach: Leah Sill

Athletes:

Vickie Pullin, Gloucestershire (22)

Tamsin Evans, Leicestershire (27)

Tim McGregor, Glasgow (21)

Matthew (Matt) Higgin, Middlesex (29)

Michael (Mick) Arrowsmith, Weymouth (36)

BRITISH JUNIOR SNOWBOARD SQUAD (SBX, HP, BA, SS)

British Junior Team: selected from the squad for some events

Programme: European Open, Junior World Championships, World Rookie Fest, British Championships

Duration: 7 Trips (including training camps)

Winter Base: Various Locations

Coach: Sonia Shaw

Elite Athletes (Identified for inclusion in the senior team activities):

James Barrow, Switzerland, (15)

Lee Tarran, Inverness, (15)

Athletes:

Oliver (Ollie) Jackson, Kent, (15)

Dean Horsfield, Accrington (15)

James Smith, East Riding, Yorkshire (14)

Luke Tomlinson, Sheffield (14)

Samuel Turnbull, North Yorkshire (16)

Will Smith, Bradford (13)

Lewis Courtier-Jones, Coventry (12)

Henry Shackelton, Newbury (13)

Aimee Fuller, Northern Ireland (16) (trial)

Mark Raper, Doncaster (15) (trial)

All teams have been busy with pre-season training and are keen to showcase their talents and secure results in this season’s forthcoming competitions. The next comps on the British World Cup Snowboardcross Team calendar will be the ‘King of the Hill’ competition in Valdez, Alaska on the 12th December 2007. The British World Cup Halfpipe and Freestyle Teams are currently in Breckenridge, Colorado in preparation for the Chevrolet U.S Snowboarding Grand Prix Halfpipe Competition from 14-15th December 2007.

For further updates, visit the Snowsport GB website.

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