Smith UK rider Seb Kern updates us on his adventures coaching the Army Snowboard Team in Meribel.
I have just returned from a great trip to Meribel, where I have been coaching the Army Snowboard Team. Believe it or not, the Army have many teams for all different kinds of sports, which gives the team a chance to get away from the intensities of military life and work. The training offers all sorts of benefits for the Army and is the perfect team building exercise.
Teams from the Army, Navy and RAF all come together on some of the best pistes in Meribel/Mottaret for the Championships competing against each other in Parallel Giant Slalom, Boarder Cross and Slopestyle over the course of a week.
My main role is training the team for the slopestyle event, however I am on the hill daily for the full two weeks helping coach the other events as well.
The team is made up of many different ranking soldiers and officers, both men and women, all of whom are a brilliant bunch to work with. From a coaching perspective, it’s very satisfying to work with such a dedicated and fun group of people, even with the very strict training regime and schedule that is adhered to during the event.
This year was the 10th anniversary go the championships and it was hugely successful. We won every discipline bar one, where we had second and third place. The team were all on top form and were delighted with the results – the event is a big accolade for the Army,
Funding and sponsorship for this highly prestigious event is provided by companies such as BT, Marshall, QiniteQ, Airbus Group, PWC, Air Tanker, Harmonic etc and is attended by army commanders, generals, dignitaries and even the Royal Patron HRH Countess Of Wessex.
Working with such amazing people from so many different walks of life, who give so much for their country and for all of us, is a true honour.
Click HERE to read more about The Combined Services Winter Sports Association.
All photos courtesy of Rachel Clutterbuck – thanks Rachel!