Header Photo Credit: Pally Learmond
The first ever Fit 4 Snow event was held at Chill Factore Manchester Friday 27th November. This was a joint effort between Perform Manchester, which is made up of a partnership between Harris & Ross Healthcare and Spire Hospital Manchester, Snow & Rock, Ossur/CTi. The event was hosted with the start of the snow season in mind and over 120 people attended. Doug Jones of Harris & Ross Healthcare commented that “a large portion of my service users are planning on going on some sort of snow activity holiday this year. While their planning for the actual trip might be meticulous I find that very few of them have put any real thought towards the physical demands of being on the slopes all day. With the wide range of partners and companies and high level athletes that we work with at Perform Manchester, I felt that we could facilitate an interesting and informative night that would help give some advice to those who need it.”
The event had a very simple format and was hosted by Tim Warwood, BBC commentator and new addition to the Ski Sunday team. The first part of the evening was a brief presentation from Doug Jones, Clinical Director of Harris & Ross Healthcare, on the relationship between injury prevention and the stresses that snow sports place on the body. This was followed by Darren Roberts, High Performance Manager of Harris & Ross Healthcare, offering advice from his findings from a career in Strength and Conditioning, spanning more than 10 years working with the worlds best action sports athletes. As well as these insights into the highest level of extreme sports preparation from Doug and Darrren, there were stands with experts in their fields on each of the stands waiting to answer any of the questions from the crowd during the break and after the second part of the evening.
The second part of the evening was comprised of two question and answer sessions. The first was from the athletes point of view. On stage there was Katy Summerhayes, Olympian, Katy Ormerod, the first woman to land a double cork 1080 and Paddy Graham, of Legs Of Steel Between the panel and Tim they offered tips on travel, what it takes to ride at the top level, how they got into their sports, what its like to be a pro athlete and host of other topics. Next, the crowd had the opportunity to talk to Pat Sharples, British Freeski Team Manager & Head Coach, and John Noonan, British Ski & Snowboard Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach. The duo spoke on how they work together to best prepare the athletes for the extremes of their sports and how that relates to the casual holiday maker, nutrition and what it is like to look after a wide variety of athletes, all with varying strengths, personalities and goals.
The evening was very enjoyable and informative with all the feedback that has been received being very positive.