British Ski and Snowboard (the UK's National Governing Body for Skiing and Snowboarding) have revealed that they have selected John Noonan to lead the strength and conditioning support for the British Snowboard and Alpine Skiing Squad.
John Noonan has been extremely successful during his career and managed various programmes to sports team professionals including Hull City FC, Chelsea FC and Leeds Carnegie RUFC.
Being brought it at a crucial time, Noonan will be leading the strength and conditioning support to the British World Cup Snowboard Cross Squad and the British Alpine Skiing Squad, seven months before the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. The games will begin on 7th February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. This is one of the most exciting times for winter sports enthusiasts and the games will include 98 different events.
Sochi hopeful Zoe Gillings will be led by Noonan, in preparation for her target to win her first Winter Olympic medal. He will also support all BSS Skiing Squad members on BSS programmes.
John Noonan is extremely excited about this project and said "Naturally this is a really exciting time to be involved in snowsports with the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, but importantly I'm really pleased to continue the work we have started with Snowboard Cross Squad over the last 14 months and have the opportunity to offer this support to other Squad. It is clear from much of the work I've seen already that our athletes are receiving quality on snow training tailored to their sport requirements. Along with our strength and conditioning programmes we will look at means were we can accelerate the health and physical robustness of our athletes to ultimately become even more competitive on the world stage."
British Ski and Snowboard provide development programmes for alpine skiing, cross country, freestyle and snowboarding. They work closely with clubs, academies and home nations to offer opportunities for international athletes. Paddy Mortimer, Performance Manager at British Ski and Snowboard said “John's appointment is a major step forward and a further building block closer to provide a complete performance for our athletes’’.
This news adds even more anticipation to the Sochi games…only 7 months to go!