Norwich ski slope farewell brings boost for Olympic hopeful

Ski chamption TJ Baldwin has been boosted thanks to the iSki UK slope outside The Forum in Norwich. Ski chamption TJ Baldwin has been boosted thanks to the iSki UK slope outside The Forum in Norwich.

Monday, January 6, 2014
6:00 AM

Norwich has said farewell to two attractions which offered wintry pursuits over Christmas, but the Olympic hopes of a young skier have been handed a boost.

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Since the end of November, adventurous shoppers have been giving skiing a go on the revolving ski slope at the Forum, run by iSki UK and ski and snowboardshop shop Snowfit & Revolutionz.

The last sessions on the slope took place yesterday, but on Saturday night the alpine cabin-style headquarters for the attraction, supplied by Horsford-based Scott Sheds and Fencing, was auctioned off.

The 5x5m wooden cabin raised £3,500 and the proceeds have been split between Trowse-based Norfolk Snowsport Club’s Adaptive Skiing project and British Winter Olympic ski team hopeful TJ Baldwin.

Mr Baldwin, 23, from Tharston, is currently British number one in super combined and number two in the downhill and super G disciplines and is hoping to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The adaptive skiing programme enables less able-bodied skiers with all levels of disability to take part in the sport.

Norfolk Snowsports chairman Nigel Richies said: “It a very generous offer from Scott Sheds. The funds would be a massive help and would go towards getting specialist skis and equipment.”

Ben Timewell, from iSki UK, said both Mr Baldwin and the adaptive skiing programme were very worthy causes.

He said of the slope’s stint outside The Forum: “We have had a very good reception. We were only blown away by wind once. We have had lots of children coming on and getting their parents to have a go too, which is nice to see. The Forum have been fantastic and we are very happy to work with them again in the future.”

The weekend also marked the final chance for skaters to slide around the ice rink at Castle Mall.

The rink had been in the gardens above the shopping centre since December 7.

Do you have a story about a Norfolk athlete dreaming of Olympic glory? Email our sportsdesk on norfolksport@archant.co.uk

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