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Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Ravens Ski Club is the North East of England's premiere ski racing club. We train at Silksworth Ski Slope in Sunderland every Wednesday from 7-9pm. Ravens has a comprehensive race development programme with five coaching groups and seven coaches. Our race development team train every Sunday from 10-12pm as well as monthly trips to Xscape in Castleford to train on snow. For further details visit our website www.ravensskiclub.co.uk or contact us on 07774843651.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

March Race Night No 6 - another fantastic night of top performers

Congratulations to all of tonight's competitor!

The coaches set a technical and challenging course, but everyone got down it safely, some faster than other and some without hitting or rounding all the gates!

So well done to Millie Jackson, Emma Wilkinson, Holly Dent, Ben Scott and Adam O'Mara who either had winning times or were nominated by their coaches as best in their group.

Millie concentrating!!
Millie Jackson - took Coach Craig's award for a fantastically consistent 3 runs in great times, well done Millie, lets keep it up!
Emma, pictured here in her casual dress at the after race night party, was nominated by Mark as his best skier on the night. Well done Emma, it was easy to spot the difference this week, keep it up too.
Congratulations go to Holly Dent who has consistently improved over the last  4 weeks since she cam back from Voss. Your Dad put in a reasonable time as well Holly. Good work the DENT family!!
Good work by Ben Scott over the last few weeks earned him John's coaches award and well deserved too. Ben is going from strength to strength, so much that his dad has got the bug and just invested in a complete new ski racing kit. Well done the Charltons! 

Well done to our No1 fastest Raven tonight, Adam O'Mara. He may think he's Usane Bolt but the Jamaican sprinter would have had trouble catching our Adam;- 150m in 14.15 secs (it was down hill!! :-)

and finally ......congratulations to "The Doctor" (no not Valentino Rossi) but our own and second best, Ian Jackson, who came in a storming 2nd in 14.25 after a motivational talk from his coach (Lee).

Well done Ian

Next week is a fun night.....I believe the Easter bunny might be coming............................

Friday, 23 March 2012

Race night next week (28th March)

Don't forget next Wednesday is RACE NIGHT!!

There will be a small prize for the best skier (not necessarily the fastest) in each group, so wax up your skis, polish up your technique and don you bib!

There will also be a group photo, similar to the Atomic Team photo above (except without the £££,£$$,$$$ of prize money) :(

Good luck everyone!!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Voss Training week 11-18 February 2012 (Part 2)

The training consisted of 3 days of giant slalom training followed by 3 days of slalom training. Thomas Larby (pic) shows how to carve a neat line through the giant slalom gates.

The highlight of the week was to be invited to ski with the resident Voss Ski Racing Club during the Wednesday night club practice, the Club were very generous in allowing us to use their facility and we are delighted to have been able to train along side their budding "Svindals".

Ellen Hirst (right) shows how to attack the course set up by the Club.

All skiers improved their technical ability as a result of (in some cases) over 200km of course practice and intensive coaching from John, Craig and Lee.

A computer in the restaurant  allowed skiers to see how far and how high they had travelled on any given day - it didn't display the amount of time spent drinking coffee and hot chocolate thankfully!!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Voss Training week 11-18 February 2012 (Part 1)

Lee Bennett (Race Development Coach) holds a briefing every morning at 8.30 for all trainees. Yesterday there was approximately 20cm of new snow so caution is required to prevent catching an edge

The athletes complete a stretching routine before starting skiing.

This is followed by on-slope coaching through giant slalom and slalom poles.

Watch this space more videos to follow......

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Super sunny Sunday at Silksworth

Today was another great day at Silksworth with a compliment of 12 skiers who enjoyed the sunny weather. Well done skiers!!