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RAF Ski Team Hit The Slopes With Donation

Published: 11 Aug 2016

Athletes in the RAF Ski Team can look forward to hitting the slopes of Chile this summer thanks to funding from the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

Recently exhibiting at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the team regularly visit the downhill skiing slopes in Chile for training but, often, only those who can afford it are able to go.

Since RAFCT provided funding to the team, athletes of all ranks have been able to attend the training which led them to win back to back titles for the RAF in a number of competitions.

Corporal Gary Smith, who is part of the RAF ski team and has been selected as a guide for a visually impaired skier in the British Paralympic Games, said: "Without the Trust's help there's no way we'd be able to afford to travel across to Chile and do the training. It's really put us up there with the Army and the Navy."

Meeting young people in the airshow's Techno Zone, the Ski Team invited visitors to try their hand at skiing whilst telling them about the team, the RAF and the many great things they can get involved in.

Flight Lieutenant Nathan Jones, also part of the ski team and who won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke in this year's Invictus Games, added: "The Techno Zone is an amazing place and really interesting. It's not just for the kids, I've been fascinated by it too and, with so much energy, they've been inspiring us."

The Techno Zone has won critical acclaim for bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects to life through a range of interactive and engaging activities designed to inspire young people.

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