Renowned Ski Tour Operator Supports Olympic Hopefuls

Millie Wilkinson and Mason Flannery

Millie and Mason

A long established travel company which offers ski holidays to the French Alps has pledged its support to two young Olympic hopefuls.

Ski Olympic, established almost a quarter of a century ago in Doncaster, will offer sponsorship to two South Yorkshire teenagers who are aiming high with their skiing ambitions.

Freestyle skier Millie Wilkinson of Dronfield, Sheffield.

Millie in action at The Brits Val Park ©Richard Wilkinson

Millie Wilkinson, 13, from Dronfield and Mason Flannery, 13, from Doncaster both have their sights set on competing in forthcoming Olympics and currently train together at locations across the North of England.

Sochi Freestyle Competition

Mason in action at Snozone Castleford

“We are delighted to offer these two talented teenagers the opportunity to train more and access even more opportunities to allow them to maximise their potential and fulfil their dreams,” said Jarrod Osborne Director Ski Olympic. “Our support, in addition to that of their families, will help them to focus on their ultimate goals and hopefully become professional sports people in the future.”

Millie currently specialises in Slopestyle and is ranked 2nd in her age group. Meanwhile Mason, who has been skiing since he was five also competes in the same discipline and has recently competed in the British Championships at Chill Factor in Manchester.

“We’ve become good training partners and encourage each other to push the boundaries making sure we keep improving all the time,” commented Millie. “Sponsorship is really important to us as it helps us to get the best out of all that is on offer to make us even better.”

Mason concluded, “We’ve enjoyed some fantastic training sessions at SnoZone Castleford and at the Halifax Ski Centre and can now make the most of all the opportunities that come our way thanks to the support of Jarrod and his team.”

Mason Flannery - Studio shoot

Mason Flannery

Millie Wilkinson

Millie Wilkinson

 

Further information can be found at www.milliewilkinson.com and www.masonflannery.com. Details regarding Ski Olympic can be found at http://www.skiolympic.com

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Shredding The Alps At New Year!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

Box Grinding!

Hi guys, last week I went away on holiday to Sauze D’Oux in the Italian Alps with my family.

I had a really good time and spent a lot of my time in the park and got some really good shots on my gopro! I was really pleased to get a few safety 180’s and thank freestyle coach Marco Eydallin for his help and encouragement.

For Christmas I got a new pair of skis, the Armada BDog! I’m so happy with them as they are extremely fun and a lot more flexible than my old ones so a big thank you  to my family for buying these.

Watch out for the edit dropping soon!

Mason

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

Hiking The Park!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

180 Safety Grab!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

Ready For The Piste!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

Top Coach But As No Idea What He’s Talking About!!!!!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

GoPro Still!

Sauze D'Oux - New Year 2014

Up Down Box!

iPhone and GoPro Photography – Shaun Flannery Photography and Clare Flannery

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Joe Tyler Performance Freeski Coaching

Freekski Camp - Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre

Tail Grab

Hey guys on Sunday I took another trip up to the Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre to do a 3 and a half hour session at the Joe Tyler Performance Freeski Coaching session. It was a really good session and everyone did really well.

Freekski Camp - Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre

360

I was working on taking my 360 bigger and faster and also I did a few unnatural 180’s and a switch 180 as well!

Freekski Camp - Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre

Fun on the lift!

A big thank you to Joe Tyler for all his help and motivation and just a really good day skiing in general!

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A Week In Freestyle

 

Hi guys

Two edits from the last couple of weeks. I’ve had a busy time on the slopes here in the north of England, it’s been really enjoyable.

The first one was from the Friday night freestyle session at Xscape in Castleford, it was a really good session and a great park!

The next one is from the British Freeski Camp at Halifax. It was the first dry slope I’ve ever skied on and it was really good! I was practicing my 360 and was happy to get it by the end of the day!

Thanks to Matt and Aaron from Xscape and Becky and Joe from British Freeski Camps for their coaching and support, a second big shout out to Becky for the fab video footage.

Mason

 

 

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The Indoor Brits 2014

The Brits - Chill FactorHi guys, recently I competed in the Brits at chill factor! It was a very good day. I came 9th out of 13 in my age group (under 16). It was my first proper competition so I’m happy with where I came.

The Brits - Chill Factor

The Brits - Chill FactorMy first run I did a 180 over the spine,  sideward over the up down box, 180 over the kicker and finished it with a front 270 out of the box! That scored me 18 points. My second run I did a switch 180 over the spine, sidewards over the up down box, 180 over the spine and sidewards over the box. That scored me 19 points and luckily I was able to stay on my feet. The scariest part was my last run as I was the last person to go so everyone was watching me!

The Brits - Chill FactorIt was a great experience and I will carry on competing and hopefully start winning some medals!

The Brits - Chill Factor

The Brits - Chill FactorThanks for following, Mason

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Easter Shred – Learning to Fly!

 

Hi guys,

This is a short edit my dad did from my week in Courchevel 1650 in France last week.

I had a great time and the snow was good for the time of year.

At New Year I  worked more on boxes and rails but decided to practice my grabs and spins this time.

I use K2 Sight 2013 freestyle skis and Salomon spk 100 boots. The video was shot on 2 GoPro cameras.

The song for the video is “learn to fly” by the Foo Fighters.

Hope you like it?

Mason

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Courchevel April 2014

The North Face

 

Courchevel April 2014

Nailed the tail grab!

 

Courchevel April 2014

Snow acrobatics!

 

Courchevel April 2014

Eat my dust!

 

 

 

Shred……Snozone Style!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Hitting the rail!

Hey guys

Here’s a selection of pics and a short video of me last night at Snozone Castleford. I’ve been skiing since I was 5 years old but have only been skiing freestyle since April 2013.

Since April I have come on loads. I started off going straight over boxes and just trying basic grabs such as safety grabs. As I progressed on I was starting 180’s. After that I started to do boxes sideways and different grabs such as mutes and other straight tricks like daffies. Just recently I have moved on to doing  360’s and rails sideways.
I love skiing and I just wanted to say thanks to the freestyle instructors at Xscape, Matt, Nick, Danny, Nubiel and Ian. These are the people who have helped me come on and progress to where I am now.

I hope in the future I can come on even more and start competing in competition when I feel the times right

Mason

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Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

A bit of air!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

More air!

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Love my K2 Sights

Xscape - Shred - Freestyle

Tuck in!