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  • Zoe Gillings awarded Uk sport podium funding


    Zoe Gillings, Britain’s No 1 Olympic Snow Sports athlete has just learnt she will again receive UK Sport podium funding towards the next Olympic games in Sochi in 2014.

    Following the demise of Zoe's previous governing body - SnowsportGB - who went into administration 7 days before the last winter Olympic games in Canada in 2010, Zoe's previous UK Sport funding was cancelled. This was a huge blow for Zoe as this funding went a long way to running her entire program, Zoe was faced with two options, retire or pull off the impossible and find thousands of pounds to invest in her program.

    Zoe commented, "When I found out the UK Sport funding was cancelled I hit rock bottom, I knew it wasnt my results as Id placed 8th at the Olympics, 7th at the World Championships and 3rd at the World Cup finals so I just didnt know what to do, I was moping a lot!"

    Together with her extremely loyal and supportive sponsors - Pokerstars, BMW, Optimal Payments, Isle of Man Sport Aid, and with some help from TASS and with Zoe turning entrepreneur launching www.IsleofDeals.com - a daily deals website based in the Isle of Man which has since become the largest business of its kind on the Island - Zoe has used this support to run her World Cup SBX program over the last 12 months of which has been the most successful season of her career to date finishing on the podium at the World Cup Finals in Valmalenco and ending the 2011/12 season with an overall World ranking of 6th.

    "Im over the moon that UK Sport have agreed to fund, a lot of work has been done over the last 6 months between UK Sport and the new governing body - British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) of which I am extremely greatful. Id like to say a huge thank you to the new BSS performance director - Paddy Mortimer - who I know has been and is working tirelessly every day to give every athlete at the BSS the opportunity to perform at their highest level. Im really looking forward to working with him on a daily basis." commented Zoe.

    Zoe is currently having a short break back home in the Isle of Man before returning to Leeds on the 15th April where she will be dry land training until the start of next season.


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