Weʼve raised £11,880 to enable two young GB ski racers (both Youth Olympians) to carry on training to reach their next goal.
- Funded on Friday, 21st July 2023
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Training buddies - Molly Butler (16 years) and Luca Carrick-Smith (17 years) - learnt to ski about the same time they were learning to walk! Both are intent on pursuing the same goal - to become top ski racers.
Being selected to represent Team GB at the European Youth Olympics in Italy in January was just the first step on the journey. Molly and Luca are doing well, both competing at the FIS level and working hard to get their points down. The next goal is to travel to Chile for essential winter condition training during the summer months, enabling them to keep up with their European opponents.
Now the European Youth Olympics are over we need to raise money to train in South America. As Molly and Luca are from families without substantial wealth, this is no mean feat. And they also feel and understand the constant pressure to obtain the necessary funds for their training and events.
A full year of required training to maintain this level of competition is more than £50,000 for the two of them. But sadly, for Junior GB alpine athletes, there is no funding available.
Constant support is needed to continue, so whatever you can donate to help, no matter how big or small, we will be so grateful.
Both Molly and Luca put the same long and hard hours into on-snow training as they do off-snow, whether it's in the gym, or running up mountain passes. And they miss out on social activities with friends because of early bedtime calls, or because they need to juggle their busy school schedules. But they have very clear ambitions.
Molly is so happy to be living her dream, she says:
I was born to ski, I couldn't think of doing anything else in my life.
Luca was excited to be representing his country at the Youth Olympics:
Going to the Youth Olympics was a dream come true, I just couldn't wait for it to happen!
Thank you so much for your kind support. By giving, you will be joining us on our journey. And you can share every step, and all the action, by following both Luca and Molly on Facebook and Instagram.
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The Jenkins Family
Mar 29, 2023
Go Molly Go! Can’t wait to see you go all the way. Best of Luck xxx
Andy, Ronnie &TJ
Mar 15, 2023
Keep fighting and live the dream!
Mar 12, 2023
Keep up the great work. Good luck
Mar 11, 2023
So very proud of you for your hard work ❤️ and determination.Plan to see you in the Olympics!
Mar 11, 2023
Such grit and determination from you all. Go for it!
Mar 10, 2023
Mar 9, 2023
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