We lost a dear son, brother and friend when Oli died on the 10th September. Our lives will never be the same, and we're still coming to terms with living a new normal. We are delighted that Coeur Blanc have decided to support Oli's 100 Schools project, and we are delighted enter a team!
As Oli's father and brother we felt it was appropriate to complete the Coeur Blanc 2020 challenge on Oli's snowboards. We have many happy memories of snowboarding as a family and Oli was a qualified snowboarding instructor.
Whilst Oli could always snowboard so much better than we can, we hope to do him proud on the day by completing the challenge.
We are accompanied by a dear friend, Spencer Brown and his son Brandon. Spencer has very fond memories of dancing on the tables in an après ski bar with Oli in Chamonix just a few years ago. Brandon is the same age as Oli.
We are giving it our all as two men in our fifties with their fit sons. We are in no doubt that our sons will be able to complete the challenge. We are both training very hard in preparation for the event in the hope that we too can hold our heads high and complete the challenge. However, with that said, we are reminded of the famous quote from the founder of the Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin who famously said...
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part."
Please do support us - it is much easier for the older men on skis that are taking part - and we intend to show them that old men can do it on snowboards too!
Stefan and Max Wissenbach - Spencer and Brandon Brown
Coeur Blanc 2020 will support the Magic Future Foundation to build a minimum of 5 'Coeur Blanc' Schools in some of the world's poorest countries. The founders of the Magic Future Foundation, Stefan and Diana Wissenbach, tragically lost their son Oli on the 10th September 2019. Oli wanted to make the world a better place. He was an educator. They are honouring him and his legacy by building 100 schools.