One of the UK’s top alpine skiers, Charlie Guest, has launched a crowdfunding campaign this week, with one of the pledged giveaways on offer the horror smash skis that nearly saw her promising career on the slope in tatters late last year.
Guest crashed on the Swedish slopes during a training session last November, leaving the skier with four broken vertebrae. Had it not been for her coach insisting she wore her back protector, Charlie’s injuries could have been career ending.
Now, several months later, Guest is heading off to New Zealand for winter season training and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to ask the public to help her claim back her position at the top of the slopes. Amongst her crowdfunding pledges, which include shout outs on social media and acknowledgement on her official website, Guest’s career defining horror smash skis are also up for grabs, signed by the skier and accompanied by a framed newspaper front page reporting on the crash. At a cool £350, it’s offers a unique piece of sporting history, and Guest expects they will be the first to go.
Charlie Guest commented:
“To say that they were one of a kind would be an understatement – I certainly hope never to have another set like them! The skis are no longer functional, but for ski memorabilia collectors, it could be a great long term investment, and I would definitely be grateful of their support in helping me get to the next level.”
One of Great Britain’s potential Olympic stars, Charlie has issued an appeal to the public to assist her in getting to the top of her sport.
Prior to her accident, Charlie had already established herself as the women’s British Number 1 Slalom and Number 2 Giant Slalom, dropping to number 2 and 3 respectively as a result of being off the slopes over the winter.
She now has her sight set firmly on getting to the Olympics in Korea in 2018, and has brought together a whole range of funding opportunities from simple £15 donations, right up to more tailored corporate packages.
“To get to the top in any sport, you have to dedicate yourself to the training, day and night. I’ve been ski-ing since I was three years old and I know I can reach the summit. Over the last few months I’ve been working very hard to become stronger and I’m feeling ready to get back to business. If the accident taught me anything, it’s that the impossible is absolutely possible – I just need to make it happen. Funding in sports is essential and I was buoyed by the public’s support immediately following the accident – I had get well wishes from people all around the world. I’m hoping the public can take some inspiration from my determination to succeed and get behind me.
“The average ‘season” lasts several months and involves frequent travel to countries all over the world to make the most of the snow, wherever it is. I really appreciate every single donation – from the very small to the very large.”
Starting to ski when she was just 3 years old, Charlie was first British girl to win an international children’s race after making the British Children’s team and finished 32nd in Slalom at the 2015 World Championships.
To donate to Charlie’s crowdfunding campaign visit www.makeachamp.com/charlieguest