Sports Editor, Lucy Brogden, spoke to NUSSC social sec, Georgina Hawkings, to learn all about their latest exploits.
Newcastle University Ski and Snowboard Club is one of the most popular clubs at Newcastle, attracting over 1000 members. Members range from complete beginners, to competitive racers, so there’s something to suit everyone, and it’s never too late to sign up since the club accept new members throughout the year.
For competitive skiers and snowboarders, the club run training sessions for the both disciplines: racing and freestyle. Interested members are encouraged to come along and participate in whichever sessions appeal to them.
“This year at Christmas, the club are heading off to Val Thorens”
For those interested in downhill racing, there are weekly sessions in Sunderland on their dry slope, where skiers are coached alongside students from both Northumbria and Durham.
For freestylers, there are monthly sessions at Castleford’s snowdome, where students spend the four hour session honing their skills, under the critical eye of freestyle captain, Donny Marsden. To supplement this, skiers and boarders can also take the opportunity to make use of the weekly trampoline sessions the club put on at Benfield, offering them the opportunity to improve their skills a little closer to home.
Recent successes for the club include taking victory in the team, mixed ski dual event in the Northern Dome Series at the end of November at Castleford. At the annual BUCS dryslope competition, held this year in Edinburgh at the start of November, the team enjoyed considerable success: placing fourth in the ski team dual. Mentionable individual performances came from Ryan Jamieson who came 15th in the male giant slalom, and Emily Miller who placed seventh in the snowboard giant slalom and an even more impressive fourth in the female boarder cross event.
Aside from being competitive, the club also has a huge social side, putting on a string of events for members to attend. Here, the local rivalry between the Toon and Northumbria seems to have been forgotten, as the two regularly collaborate on such events, even inviting Durham’s team along to join proceedings. Other events in the club’s social calendar are their balls, which the committee work hard to organise.
Arguably, what NUSSC is most known for is their annual trips at Christmas and Easter, which are always immensely popular. Trips always tend to be to the French alps, with past destinations including Val d’Isère, Tignes and Alpe d’Huez.
“Aside from being competitive, the club also has a huge social side”
This year at Christmas, the club are heading off to Val Thorens- the highest resort in the alps, which was recently voted the best ski resort in Europe. Fifty members will head off to enjoy the snow, enduring a long coach journey, which will see them return back to the UK on Christmas eve, allowing them to get home in time to enjoy the festivities.
Their second trip at Easter is the biggest in the club’s calendar, and this year they hope to take 1,000 students for a week of fun in the snow. The destination is yet to be released, but we’re told it’s going to be big!
We look forward to hearing about their exploits!