HAPPY Sking 2020
Grass Root Ski racing for Schools'
Esskia is an incredible organisation that has been going for many years. I have such fond memories of every Esskia trip I went on and the friends I made. The best esskia trips were when we got selected to represent our country at World Schools, we got to see so many amazing places and got to experience things we didn’t always get chance to do when racing. The coaches were always so supportive and positive and gave every athlete on the trip, the confidence to do anything they wanted in the ski world. Esskia is something I will always treasure close to my heart and remember as the start of a great career in skiing for me.
“Emily Sarsfield - Olympian & British Number One Ski Cross Athlete
Started skiing at the age of 3 on family holidays and recruited to make up the numbers on my school ski race team at the age of 12. Having had no previous race experience, ESSKIA was my first introduction to racing and I loved it. That year I was selected for the ESSKIA squad and went on my first ski training camp across to Norway with the team, what an amazing experience and something I remember to this day! This sparked a love for alpine racing and I joined my local race club at Silksworth and started attending more competitions. I was lucky enough to be selected for the GB Children’s team and attend 2 x World Schools Championships, World University Games and many international competitions. Following a successful Alpine career I made the switch to Ski Cross in 2005 and went on to represent GB on the World Cup circuit, competing in 3 World Championships and achieving a life long dream of representing Team GB at the 2018 Olympic Games and making British history. I’m truly thankful for all the opportunities this sport has given me, the places I’ve travelled, friends I’ve made and lessons I’ve learnt ... it’s really is something special!”
E.S.SKI A. has organised snow training's for selected skiers since 1980.
A considerable amount of experience and expertise has assisted the gradual development of a programme of opportunity for young skiers in member schools.
The current (2018) annual programme of snow trainings is:
· Two Squad Training's in Geilo, Norway
· Junior Squad Training in Pila, Italy
· Primary Squad Training in Landgraaf, Holland
· Summer Camp in Landgraaf, Holland
In years where the International School Sport Federation holds a World Schools’ Ski Event E.S.SKI A. sends a team, normally of 10 boys and 10 girls.
1. To encourage as many students as possible to enjoy ski-ing at home and abroad.
2. To improve the excellence of young skiers.
3. To encourage the maximum student participation in competitive inter-school races.
4. To represent school ski-ing to all appropriate bodies concerned with education, sport and ski travel .
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE
CONTACT THE SECRETARY
OR YOUR AREA REPRESENTATIVE
See “Contacts page” for details
How we run our races , See Pages above
From early September through November ESSKIA have the pleasure in running races countrywide. These races are set in three events from Qualifying Races , British Finals for schools and of course the National finals.
More information above
E.S.SKI A. SUMMER TRAINING DAYS
DEFINITION OF ESSKIA AREAS
BRENTWOOD Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, London south of the Thames, Kent, East Surrey, East Sussex
GLOUCESTER Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Oxfordshire, Hereford & Worcester, West Midlands, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire
PENDLE/STOKE Lancashire, W. Yorks., E. Yorks., S. Yorks.,Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire
SOUTHAMPTON Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire,
SUNDERLAND Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Cleveland, N. Yorks.
WELWYN Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, London north of the Thames
Suggest each Area name has a link to “definition” which would also give contact details/profiles for Area Reps.
Brentwood Lindsay Ayton, Marna Wakeling
Gloucester Alan Edwards
Pendle/Stoke Andrea Holmes
Southampton Lesley Gash
Sunderland Helen Maltby, Andrew Turns
Our Roll of Honour is long and illustrious from Individual who have been part of our Organisation over the years, pictured above Charlotte Evans MBE and Olympic gold medalist, Emily Sarsfield Olympian & BritishNumber 1 Ski Cross Athlete Chemmy Alcott Olympian and of course Dave Ryding Olympian amongst others.
To See thse schools that have made Esskia what it is today see our Rolll of Honour in Downloads below.
THose top Girl and Boys teams from England get to Race against Scotland & Wales in this awesome event.
This year the new Squads will do something a little different. This will be predominately team building
The annual Esskia training camp 1 by invitation.
Geilo - Norway
Esskia by invitation Norway Camp 2
Geilo - Norway
We love the idea of schools from sectors contacting us at any time