The UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association (UKAF WSA) can trace its roots to pre-war competitions held by some of the pioneers of skiing and bobsledding and celebrates its 66th anniversary in 2017. The Association exists to promote excellence in winter sports within Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, through the provision of annual all ranks competitions organised in a manner which affords prestige to those competing and enables subsequent entry into national and international competitions for the most talented. These sporting opportunities enhance self-discipline, courage and physical fitness; they provide vital recuperation and focus beyond the operational commitments of service personnel. Historically a significant number of servicemen and women have represented Great Britain in winter sports disciplines. The sports supported include the following at annual Inter-Services events:
- Ski, Snowboard and Telemark Competitions.
- Cresta Run held in St Moritz, Switzerland.
- Ice Sports Competition: Bobsleigh, Skeleton Bobsleigh and Luge.
- Nordic Competition, including Biathlon.
The UKAF WSA also supports UKAF Tri-Service teams who go on to compete in their discipline’s national championship events. The UKAF WSA funds all these competitions through sponsorship donations and derives no public financial support. Furthermore all competitors make substantial contributions to their own costs throughout the season and the UKAF WSA has no full time employees; it is a volunteer organisation that relies on serving personnel who have a passion for winter sports giving their free time to prepare the events and run the organisation.
The UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association Limited was created in 2009 under the terms of the Companies Acts 1985 to 2006, PLC number 7033277.