Coaches for Winter Training 2018/19
Craig Lamont – Alpine Coach – UKCP Level 3 Licenced (FIS Over 16 Squad)
IVSI International Race Coach, SSS Level 1 Race Organiser
I started race training with CSC when I was about 11, finishing up training with the club in my earlytwenties under respected coach John Clark. I then raced full time on the FIS circuit all over Europe,travelling and living in a campervan, finishing up living in Tignes for a season, training & racing there. When I retired from racing I started coaching with CSC, taking over from the legendary Ian Dunlop as Head Coach before spending a season as a race organiser. I was head hunted to be Head Coachfor the Scottish Ski Club and had to rebuild their flailing training programme where I coached many racersonto British and Scottish Teams. I was one of the main coaches for the combined Scottish clubs FASTCamps and have coached on approximately sixty camps throughout my coaching career; my biggest achievementbeing to coach the Scottish Ski Club Boys Under 14 & 16 Teams to win the British Team title four years ina row, beating all of the commercially run academy teams – a feat which I believe will never be bettered.
I now enjoy mentoring young adults and masters racers so that they get the most from their skiing andtraining and I still enjoy training gates regularly myself. Outside of skiing I raced XC mountainbikesand road bikes internationally, I enjoy riding my trials motorbike and I love many watersports such as windsurfing, surfing, paddleboarding and scuba diving. I am also a MIAS Level 2 mountainbike instructorand PADI diving instructor. I have a regular day job too, but that’s boring by comparison!
Amanda Shephard – Alpine Coach – Level 2 (Bairns)
Like the other coaches I started skiing at a young age and was instantly hooked. Not in the race scene, I went down the Instructor route so I was able to keep skiing full time and make it a career.
Always working hard to keep learning and progress my skills, I have worked winters on Cairngorm Mountain ever since, and have had the pleasure to work alongside some of the most fantastic instructors and coaches in the world. I co-owned and directed the Ski and Snowboard School and very proudly established the highly successful Snowlimit children’s programme which ran for 12 years and taught over 2000 kids to ski and snowboard.
I absolutely love to teach and am always very excited to pass on my passion, knowledge and experience to others in a relaxed and fun environment.
Oh and the qualification bit… BASI Level 3 Ski; BASI Level 2 Snowboard; BASI Level 2 Alpine Coach; Also qualified in Mountain Biking, Tennis and Sailing to keep me out of trouble in the summer!
Andy Burnett – Alpine Coach – Level 2 (Bairns and occasionally 12-16 squad)
Jules Jennings – Alpine Coach – Level 2 (Bairns)
I started skiing from early years, age 3 (ish), I think! With my early learning days spent on the legendary Hayfield (Heron’s) at Glenmore Lodge!
I started ski racing while at school in Edinburgh, with my early racing on the dry-slope at Hillend; I trained & raced through my school years up to U16’s;
After leaving school I continued skiing while at University in Edinburgh; during my student days I started my progressionthrough the BASI system to Level 2, while instructing & coaching at Hillend under the leadership & direction of Hans Kuwall, from Bairns to U16 as part of the training programmes; I was fortunate enough as well to be part of the race programmes that Hans ran in Austria while at Hillend & this gave me great direction in coaching;
During & after my student days I managed to secure coaching & instructing work with Carrbridge Ski School, again under the owner & direction of Hans, for approximately 8 years, where I was involved in instructing & coaching with Bairns,U16’s, various Schools coaching programmes & running races;
I then progressed on to work for ‘The Ski School’ for another 8 years approx. (I think! ask Amanda, she was the Boss!) where I was part of the team for the legendary Snowlimit children’s programme;
I have up until recently been a Trustee with CSC which has been a truly great experience & I have really enjoyed the various roles of Race Convenor & Coaching Trustee & working with the fantastic team of Trustees; I have though now decided to return to coaching & I am looking forward to another change & working with the clubs trainees & coaching team. See you on the snow!
Lewis McWilliam – Freeski Coach – Level 2
Donald Hall – Alpine Coach – Level 3 (Part Time) (12 -16 Squad)
Skiing has been a big part of my life and I was lucky to grow up ‘shredding the gorm’ before the term shred was even hip! I have been involved with CSC for over 20 years (wow, that’s scary). Looking back, I started as a bairns trainee in the early 90’s and began coaching with CSC in 2002/3 until 2009/10. As a trainee, the club provided the platform for me to go onto the British Children’s Team and the Scottish Team, training and racing all over Europe. As a coach, CSC helped me develop from a trainee coach all the way up to head coach where I worked on home & foreign snow and on camps with FAST, the Scottish team and with University teams. I graduated from Strathclyde University in 2008 with a BA Hons in Outdoor Education and began working as a Development Coordinator with Snowsport Scotland. I worked with them for four years and was involved with snowsports events, training and development across the country. I then decided to take some time out to travel and work in B.C. Canada. One season turned into two as it so often does out there (awesome country!). I worked as a fulltime FIS coach with Vernon Ski Club in 2011/12 and as a part time Children’s coach with Revelstoke Ski Club in 2012/13. I gained valuable experience with the CSCF system and on the BC & Alberta FIS & K race circuit, working alongside some top level coaches and athletes. I also worked part time for a heliski company which was not the worst gig in the world! When not coaching, I enjoy backcountry skiing, cycling and various other sports. I recently started a job with Scottish Cycling, so working with clubs and events development in another fun sport. I look forward to helping out again with CSC and I am sure many of the once little rippers are now big rippers!
Dave Jacobs – Level 3 Alpine Coach (Part Time) (12 – 16 Squad)
I have been skiing since the age of 3, blasting about the Scottish resorts with my friends and family.
At 17 I trained under the wing of Hans Kuwall as an instructor at Carrbridge moving on in 1984 to work at Loch Insh summer and winter for 3 years, from here I moved on to working in the big hills of the French Alps for the ESF and British Ran Ski Schools.
In 1994 I focussed my coaching towards performance skiing/race training working for ski schools and clubs as Head Coach/Programme Manager. In this time I also did numerous trips with GB Children’s Team and ad hoc support/coaching for individual athletes.
I had a break last year due to knee issues[all good now] and this year I have launched my own business offering int/adv and performance ski coaching in Scotland and beyond. In the summer I run my own Stand Up Paddleboard School in Stonehaven.
Biggest achievement and buzz was being a founder of the Ghana Ski Team which involved coaching and managing one athlete who had never seen snow or a mountain before and taking him from a beginner in 2001 to getting him qualified to compete at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, the aim was the 2006 games in Turin but he narrowly missed out on enough points due to lack snow and races being cancelled. He was the first native black African to achieve this.
No matter where I have been working in the world my spiritual home has always been the Cairngorm area and the mountain, I have a huge amount of happy memories from spending time here and love everything about this area and the people.
COACHING QUALIFICATION GRANTS
This grant is dependent on the applicant’s commitment to the Club and is for coaching courses only. These courses would be run by Snowsport Scotland and not BASI and be reviewed annually.
For two years commitment to coaching with CSC or less: £150.00
For more than 2 years commitment to coahing with CSC: £300
These payments are only made on successful passing of courses and each applicant must produce a PDP (Personal Development Plan) as part of their application.