Can I also record my sincere gratitude for the efforts of sports officials from all 3 Services, who help to make these events work and ensure that they are safe and enjoyable competitions for all. The slickness of the organisation will be testament to their efforts and will, I know, greatly contribute to your enjoyment. I’m also very grateful for the support of our Senior Officers, who manage to snatch a few days away from their very busy diaries to help encourage and support us. Finally, to the competitors – I wish you all the very best of luck for what I am sure will be a highly competitive and enjoyable season.
As Chairman of the UKAFWSA it is with great pleasure that I welcome all of the Athletes, Officials, Military VIPs and Sponsors attending events in the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports programme for 2018. Once again this year, the best winter sports athletes from the UK’s Armed Services will be competing against each other at the Snowsports Championships in Meribel (Alpine, Telemark and Snowboard), the Ice Championships in Igls (Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge), the Nordic Championship in Ruhpolding, and of course the Cresta in St Moritz. I am also delighted to welcome the Armed Forces Para-Snowsports Team, who will, once again I am sure, fill us with inspiration and admiration in Meribel.As we go forward I’d like to make special mention of three contributing groups who are instrumental in delivering our Winter Sports programme. First of all, our volunteer organisers. Without them we would be unable to deliver safe but challenging competitions that build the skills, courage and values that we need in our Servicemen and Women, and that also meet the expectations of our Athletes, and the sponsors who generously enable our activities. Secondly, we are indebted, as always, to the local communities at each of our venues for making us so welcome. Third but perhaps most importantly I’d like to recognise the commitment and support of our Sponsors and our Single Service winter sports associations, without them none of our activities would be possible. Indeed, it is because of the generosity of our Sponsors that we are able to run competitions of a national standard whilst keeping the costs to our athletes at a reasonable level.
Brigadier James Morris DSO Royal Marines
Chairman UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association