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Snowbound: tricks, risks and training with GB Park & Pipe

Following in the footsteps of GB Park & Pipe, Great Britain’s freestyle ski and snowboard squad, Snowbound is an exhibition which documents hard work, determination and pushing boundaries.

New work from photographer Sam Mellish, supported by Matt Georges, explores what it takes to be in this elite team as they train and compete on the global circuit. Images captured across the world – from Canada to Australia via the best European snow parks and the dry slopes of England – are being shown at London’s House of Vans until 4 Feb 2018.

Photographer Sam Mellish

Snowbound features Olympians Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, James Woods, Jamie Nicholls and Katie Summerhayes, not to mention many rising stars, and documents the training, commitment and pressure involved in sports where the tricks are bigger and the risks are greater than ever.

Members of the GB Olympic Park & Pipe Team

To celebrate the Snowbound exhibition, members of the GB Olympic Park & Pipe team came down to the launch event, held in support of CALM.

Marcus Chapman and Sam Mellish

CALM trustee Marcus Chapman helped run the raffle of a beautiful snowboard (big thanks to The Snowboard Asylum for donating it!), in honour of his best mate Nelson Pratt, a former Olympic snowboarding coach, in whose memory Chapman runs the annual cycling sportive, Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley.

The lucky winner of a beautiful snowboard, raffled in support of CALM

The raffle raised just shy of £200 for CALM, a nod to Nelson’s huge commitment to the sport.

For the event to be raising money for CALM was a real honour. From a personal point of view, to know that Nelson helped coach athletes like Aimee Fuller, Jamie Nicholls and bronze medalist from Sochi 2014 Jenny Jones early on in their careers, means his legacy lives on. Bring a medal home for Blighty and ‘Ride on Nelly’!

– Marcus Chapman

The exhibition runs until the 4th February from 6pm each night at The House of Vans underneath Waterloo Station. More info here. Big shouts to James North for the photos used in this article. 

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