When I left West Buckland in 2010, I had one plan and that was to do a ski season. After completing my first one that year, I then worked to pay for my instructor qualifications. Now I am in my 12th winter season and have had exciting opportunities from coaching the Royal Australian Air Force to opening a brand new ski resort in China. More recently, I wanted to look into snowboard cross (SBX) as it’s a discipline I have always had an interest in and after finding the pathway programme, I was accepted onto the Great British SBX team.
The programme meant that we would be training and racing across Europe. Unfortunately, I sustained an injury in the second week, but after physio and time off I was able to re-join the team for the last three months and by the end of the season I had placed third within the British Men.
Currently, I am back in Australia instructing but I will be entering the SBX Australian New Zealand Cup series which starts on 1st August. Due to a lack of financial support, I was unable to join the full Great British team so I will return to Japan where I will train for my Level 4 and gain my Level 1 evaluator, after which I will continue with racing, joining the full squad and working my way towards the Winter
George Long-Howell (00-10F)