Working in sport is brilliant – it’s not the dull 9-5 office job you see in the movies. Working in the sport you’ve loved and participated in for over a decade is even better – and it’s definitely not the dull 9-5 office job from the movies.
As well as my full-time position as Communications Lead for Snowsport England, I spend my evenings and weekends working as a Snowboard Judge or Coach whenever I can.
Snowboard Judging came first, and I did my Level 1 national qualification with Snowsport England, and started judging the university competitions. Through a lucky coincidence, I was out in France at the same time as the Brits in 2015, and managed to wangle a seat in the Judges booth.
My earlier judging experiences were incredible, so I took it a step further and flew out to Switzerland to attend a World Snowboard Federation Judging Clinc, giving me the qualification to judge low-level international competitions. Since then, I’ve judged the national indoor championships years, Head Judged the University competitions and ran the BUCS Snowsport Judging program, and returned to judge at The Brits in both successive years since.
It’s hugely fulfilling to be able to teach a young athlete some new snowboard tricks and to see them progress, and that was one of the reasons for pursuing my coaching qualifications.
I’ve set up a Coaching and Athlete Management project, Off The Toes, and work with University Snowsports Clubs to deliver both Beginner sessions as well as training for their Elite Athletes. I work closely with several of the younger National Park & Pipe Academy members in one-on-one sesisons both on and off the snow to dial in certain tricks that will help them excel on a National and International level.
Most recently, I’ve had the fortune to be invited to commentate Live for Eurosport on the World Championships of Snowboarding, as well as working on smaller video projects with Ski The Kingdom, where I’ve been presenting to the camera, as well as interviewing other athletes for Snowsport England.
The media aspect of the sport is something I’m really keen to get more involved in, whether it’s presenting in front of camera or commentating Live on an event.
Interested in chatting through some snowsports ideas? Drop me a line!