24 March 2020

COVID-19: MESSAGE FROM VICKY GOSLING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

On behalf of GB Snowsport, I want to express our desire that all our athletes, their families and friends as well as the millions of other snow sport enthusiasts follow the Government guidelines and stay in their homes - and most of all stay safe.

These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone, not just GB Snowsport, and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the pandemic Covid-19 which is sweeping across the world.

Our world class programme athletes train and compete across the world in locations where the virus has been detected and public health is at serious threat – I want to extend my sympathies and support to those communities which have become second homes for our athletes and coaches.

In these circumstances, we will ensure that the health and safety of our athletes and staff as well as wider stakeholders is paramount and that is the clear message from GB Snowsport.

We will not put anyone at risk during these times of heightened health concerns and so we have taken some sensible decisions to pull all our athletes out of events two weeks ago so they can be at home during this global health pandemic.

The guidelines from the Government - and the World Health Organisation - are clear. Stay at home, exercise the highest standards of hygiene and exercise social distancing.

I know that for all our athletes the need to curtail the season and to cancel events has been extremely disappointing but at times like this everyone connected with GB Snowsport and indeed global support has to put health and well-being at the top of our agenda.

As an organisation we are working hard to provide updates and advice to our staff, athletes and wider stakeholders. We are also using this time to plan so we are best prepared for when business resumes – which we hope is as soon as possible.

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