Lieutenant General Paul Jaques CBE

President UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association

On behalf of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Winter Sports Association (UKAFWSA), welcome to the 2019 Championships, our 67th season of Inter-Services Winter Sports Competition and my third and final season as President.  Last year I left the Championships both humbled and inspired, by the selfless efforts of all involved in making them a success, and the commitment and enthusiasm displayed by all who competed. This year looks no different and I am looking forward to another exciting season of competition across all disciplines.

These are undoubtedly challenging times for Defence, with operational tempo and wider uncertainty placing complex demands and pressures on our Servicemen and women. I continue to be impressed with their ability to balance Service life with the training required to be able to compete at the very highest levels of winter sports and the time given to voluntarily run such prestigious events, a big thank you from me.

The UKAFWSA continues to be especially grateful for the patronage of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex. She continues to be a keen supporter of the Association and our activities, but sadly will not be able to join us in Meribel this year.

I would like to welcome all our visitors to the Championships and I hope you have a great time on the snow and enjoy watching the competitions.  Most importantly take to time to meet the competitors on the slopes and realise just how much this competition means to these remarkable mean and women.  To our sponsors, many thanks for enabling us to run these Championships and I would like to welcome  Advalus and BMT to the ‘Team’.

Good luck to everyone involved in Service Winter Sports this year and to all our supporters – thank you. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can.