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Dates announced for first ever UK based Ski and Snowboard Cross GBX National Trials and creation of national squads confirmed

With the support of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, British Ski & Snowboard, Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England and Disability Snowsport UK have announced the dates of the first ever UK based Ski and Snowboard Cross GBX National Trials. In addition, details of the newly formed GBX Home Nations, National Academy and National Squads have also been confirmed.

Mitsubishi Motors is delighted to support the series, having been involved in last year's Ski & Snowboard Talent ID series. This new and exciting project fits in with the brand's approach to supporting selected sporting events which provide up and coming athletes the opportunity to perform at a higher level as part of their ASX Adventure Advanced marketing campaign.

Starting in April and running through to October, there will be six 'Mitsubishi Motors Ski and Snowboard Cross GBX National Trials' at various slopes and ski centres across the UK.  Athletes will be selected using the GBX Skills Mission, and if successful will be invited to join either the Home Nations squad, The National Academy squad or the National squad.

The Home Nations squad is based in the UK and coaching will be offered throughout the year at various indoor snow centres.  The National Academy and National Squads are 12 month programs (6 months based on snow) consisting of on snow coaching, competition coaching, fitness support, nutritional support, physiotherapy support and a full FIS / European Cup competition program. The six 'Mitsubishi Motors Ski and Snowboard Cross GBX National Trials' will take place on the following dates and venues:

Saturday 23rd April 2016 - Trial: Snow Factor, Braehead

Sunday 24th April 2016 - SX & SBX competition: Snow Factor, Braehead

Saturday 28th May 2016 - Trial: Norfolk Snowsports Club, Norfolk

Sunday 5th June 2016 - Trial: The Snow Centre, Hemel Hemstead

Saturday 25th June 2016 - Trial: Snozone, Leeds

Sunday 26th June 2016 - SX&SBX competition: Leeds

Saturday 9th July 2016 - Trial: Snow Factor, Braehead

Sunday 10th July 2016 - SX & SBX competition: Snow Factor, Braehead

Saturday 17th September 2016 - Trial: The Snow Centre, Hemel Hemstead

Any athlete wishing to be considered for the British Ski Cross or Snowboard Cross squads will be required to attend one of the selection events which are being run & managed in full by 3 x British Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier and Cross Snowsports club.

GBX was formed in 2014 by British Ski & Snowboard (BSS) with an aim of strengthening the performance of both disciplines by sharing resources. The GBX programme, funded by the athletes and managed by British Ski and Snowboard together with Snowsport England and Snowsport Scotland is led by GBX performance manager, Dan Brier, alongside the head coaches for Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross.

To view the full schedule of the Mitsubishi Motors Ski and Snowboard Cross (GBX) National Trials or to book a place at one of the venues, go to http://www.gbxsquad.com.