Skier Yasmin Cooper has been selected for the British Ski & Snowboard development group for 2015/16 season – and has also been chosen by the sport’s English governing body Snowsport England to become a national ambassador for the sport.
The Chichester High School sixth-form student was selected to the initial screening for the squad earlier this year and has now completed fitness tests and workshops and has passed to gain her position following race performance during her 2014-15 season.
Cooper, 16 started skiing at the age of six on a family holiday and soon started slalom training and racing at the dry slope in Southampton and went on to compete in regional races around the country.
She was introduced to snow racing and was in the British children’s ski team for five years, competing in international races. At the most prestigious children’s international race Topolino, Cooper achieved ninth.
Completing her first season in FIS as an under-18 junior, she finished the season on a high, taking the Delancey British alpine under-18 overall champion title. She has now been chosen to spread the word about snowsports and try to help encourage more people to start skiing and snowboarding.
She has been chosen to champion snowsport in England, spreading the word about its excitement as well as fitness and skills to the next generation of skiers.
Training and racing is always demanding and I am constantly exerting myself to the limit, so it is always a fantastic feeling to be rewarded in this way.Yasmin Cooper
Cooper said: “I feel very privileged to have been selected to the BSS development programme, a tough process which was one of my goals for this year.
“Training and racing is always demanding and I am constantly exerting myself to the limit, so it is always a fantastic feeling to be rewarded in this way. No sport is easy and I look forward to the challenges ahead of me”.
Tim Fawke, chief executive of Snowsport England, added: “When our athletes are selected to the BSS programme it is excellent news, as we watch them progress on the pathway to the top of the sport.
“Yasmin has worked hard to reach this stage and we look forward to see her progressing, we are delighted to invite her to be an ambassador to encourage other young people to experience Snowsport here in England.”
For more information about Snowsport England visit www.snowsportengland.org.uk
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