British Ski and Snowboard have appointed ex Olympic half pipe snowboarder and current freestyle snowboard coach Lesley McKenna as their new Park and Pipe Programme Manager. This new position comes with less than four months to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
McKenna, who originates from Aviemore grew up skiing in Scotland and was a member of the British Ski Team, taking the British National Giant Slalom champion title in 1994 before switching over to snowboarding aged 19. She went on to become Scotland’s best known snowboarder and a triple Olympian.
With six World Cup podiums, two of which were victories, behind her, Lesley retired from professional snowboarding in 2009. With 20 years of involvement within high level sport, her level of knowledge and experience places her amongst the world’s best coaches and she brings to the role her vast experience as an athlete, coach and manager.
"I am very excited to be working with such a great team of athletes, coaches and support staff under the BSS banner in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympics and also looking forward to Pyeongchang in 2018. The freestyle snowboard and freeski scene in the UK has gone from strength to strength in the last years and there is so much potential within the BSS program. It is nice to have come full circle and be behind the scenes helping our current crop of very talented athletes and staff challenge the best in the world."
The position will involve managing the park and pipe programme for both Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard as well as all the athletes, coaches and staff involved in the programme.
The appointment shows British Ski and Snowboard’s commitment to long term development of the squad and the athletes in an area where Great Britain has real medal potential at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Dave Edwards, CEO of British Ski and Snowboard said of the appointment: “We are delighted that Lesley has decided to join our team. She brings a wealth of experience as a competitor and manager from a range of disciplines. Her input to our plans and our programmes will be invaluable as we build for success at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next February, and as we look ahead four years and plot for bigger targets in Pyeongchang in 2018.”