Get Kyle to the Games A Sports project from Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh by kylewise

 World University Games 2013

My Project Brief

My name is Kyle Wise and I'm a GB Snowboardcross Athlete from Norfolk, currently residing in Edinburgh. I'm currently the English, British Indoor and British University champion in my discipline.

After a very successful winter season on the British Snowboardcross Team, where I podiumed at international level and gained enough points to enter the FIS World Cup tour, I've been selected to represent Great Britain and Heriot-Watt University at the World University Games (Universiade) in Trentino, Italy from the 10th-12th of December.

It’s a huge event for me, only second to the Winter Olympics this season. I came 29th two years ago at the World University Games (Universiade) and with my vast progression since then a top 10 result is a real possibility!

Despite being a contender for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I nor my team are centrally funded. With the loss of a big financial backer from last season, I'm fundraising as much as I can to get myself to the Games! My project target to get me to the games is £1,000.

World Uni Games 2011

Why I need your help

I’ve spent three years on the British Snowboardcross Team based in Morzine, France and the latest was my most successful. My progression has been vast despite not being able to commit to the sport full time with my university studies. I have now made it to a stage where I’m competing against the world’s best on the FIS World Cup Tour. Having podiumed internationally and picked up many British titles I now want to fulfill my potential. I now want to commit to the team full time and be the best athlete I can be, to give me the best chance of succeeding and getting closer to that Winter Olympic dream.

Unfortunately since graduating, I’ve lost a large financial backer in the university. Regardless I’ve been trying my hardest to find a sustainable way of continuing on with the team. I worked full time all summer and at the end of summer took on a potentially very lucrative and flexible job, which would allow me to continue with snowboardcross overseas. It was close to being an ideal set up as I could work when I wasn’t training or competing, and I wouldn’t have to be so reliant upon sponsors and supporters financial support. However this fell through and it’s left me in a very difficult position.

It’s pretty crushing when all your best efforts and intentions to follow your passion don’t work out, the last couple of months have been particularly difficult. I’m fully aware it’s not supposed to be an easy road to become a successful athlete. It is difficult to succeed with little support and funding as an aspiring British elite athlete until you are among the world’s best, so I’m fundraising and generating as much support as I can. Sometimes when you’re not receiving the support you need on a plate, you have to take things into your own hands and this is what I’m doing.

World Uni Games 2011

The importance of the World University Games (Universiade) for me is great. It’s a rare opportunity to represent Great Britain at a major international event and a chance to represent my university Heriot-Watt for one last time. It’ll be a great opportunity for all my supporters to watch me on Europsport, and a great memento to Heriot-Watt University for all the support they have given to me over my years there. Most importantly if I achieve the top 10 result I’m capable of it will boost my FIS world ranking considerably, I’m currently rated #159 in the world. This boost will allow me to enter more competitions and get closer to the reaching my potential of being a world-class Snowboardcross athlete.

I hope to get there with your help.

Where the money will go to

The target of £1,000 will go towards the costs of getting me to the games. These cover:

  •             Essential pre-season training on the Hintertux glacier in Austria in the weeks leading up to the World University Games
  •             Entry fees for World University Games
  •             Accommodation for World University Games
  •             Flights for the World University Games

NOTE: Anything over and above my target of £1,000 will go towards the reaminder my competitive season, where I'll be travelling all over Europe competing in World Cups, Europa Cups, FIS Races and National Championships. The total costs of this are in excess of £10,000 each year.


NOTE: Since filming the video I’ve had to change some of the pledges I originally outlined, see the up-to-date pledges to the side of the page.

All pledges and donations are hugely appreciated, it makes a huge difference for my cause!

I aim to give a lot back for your pledges and hopefully they look enticing to you and you’ll want to help get me to the games.

Hopefully I’ll get to meet up with some old friends and makes some new ones at my wax and maintenance workshops, riding days and motivational speeches! 


 My Story

Coming from Norfolk, the UK’s flattest County I’ve gone surprisingly far with snowboarding! I first learnt how to snowboard at 8 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the USA, but it is at Norfolk Snowsports Club where I learnt most of my skills! I would ride down there every week as a teenager during school and attended junior development camps with McNab Snowboarding, run by the late Keith McKintosh (RIP) and Dave Seeley. On the camps I improved my technique greatly and was selected for there McNab Junior Team and represented them for two seasons till I was 18, winning two British Snowboardcross Titles and many more wins/podiums on the UK competition circuit. 

Mcnab Camps

After starting university at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, I began riding on the university circuit with competitions such as BUSC and BUDS. I’ve had a lot of success in them and have a huge collection of medals at home!

I’ve been heavily involved at Heriot-Watt University’s Snowsports Club (HWSSC). I spent four years on their committee in various positions including President and played a great role in transforming the club into a friendly, inclusive and competitive club. I’ve introduced hundreds of people to the sport and changed many people’s lives since they got hooked to snowsports themselves! Coupled with many university snowsports titles in a number of disciplines I’ve been awarded Sports Blues and many volunteer awards from the University. I have also received the club’s ‘Duncan Murray Award’ twice. The award acknowledges the member who shows exceptional amounts of participation to the club and success in competitions. 


From my success in my snowboarding I decided during the summer sat upon my lifeguard highchair that I wanted to join the British Snowboardcross Team and get to the Olympics! I thought that with all my success, especially in snowboardcross, it was worth a shot!After a successful trial in Switzerland with the team in the Autumn of 2010 I was invited to become a member of the team!

In order to be on the team I learnt how to manage my university studies, my sport and my commitment to the university snowsports club. It was a challenging three years at university, learning how to balance everything, but it’s been I’ve had the time of my life. I’ve learnt so much, graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Planning and Property Development and have excelled in my sport.

Talk picture

This story and lessons are what I speak about in my motivational speaking. You must take and make opportunities in order to pursue your passion! I enjoy giving back to the community and motivational speaking is something I want to do much more of in future as the feedback has been great so far. I want to inspire others, especially young people to realise there potential and push themselves from telling them my story.

For more about me and my story see my website here:


All pledges and donations are hugely appreciated, it makes a huge difference for my cause!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me up until now and everyone I’ve met along the way.  In particular my sponsors; MUM AND DAD, Heriot-Watt University, Snowfit, 21pro, Skier’s Trust, Snowsports Scotland, Volkl Snowboards and Forcefield Body Armour.

Also personal thank yous to; Ross Campbell, Chris Sturgess, Liza Brooks, Myles McNeany, Jamie Scott, Will Nangle, Keith McKintosh (RIP), Dave Seeley, Neil McNab, Andy Clarke, Neil Jackson, Jamie Barrow, everyone from Norfolk Snowsports Club and many others I haven’t mentioned who’ve helped me with my snowboarding.

Also to my friend and budding filmmaker Tom Coe who spared a lot of his time to help put together this video for me. Tom has some serious talent, so please check him out at:

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Twitter: @kylewise1


Instagram: @kylerstyle




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£ 1,310 RAISED OF £1,000 TARGET
Project funded
PLEDGE £5.00 OR MORE 7 backers so far For those who pledge £5 you will receive a thank you message for your support via my athlete media on Facebook and Twitter.
PLEDGE £10.00 OR MORE 25 backers so far For those who pledge £10 they will receive a t-shirt and a sticker pack. The T-shirt will have been donated from my sponsors or one I’ve recently won as a prize. Brands include; 21pro, Westbeach, Syndicate and Ski Club of Great Britain
PLEDGE £20.00 OR MORE 21 backers so far For those who pledge £20 they will receive a beanie or hat and a sticker pack. The Beanie or hat will have been donated from my sponsors or one I’ve recently won as a prize. Brands include; Neff, Westbeach, Salomon, Helly Hansen, Whitelines, Da Kine, ThirtyTwo and Syndicate.
PLEDGE £30.00 OR MORE 3 backers so far For those who pledge £30 you will be invited to a waxing and maintenance workshop in Edinburgh I will be hosting on Saturday 21st December to help you learn how to get your skis or snowboards best prepped and ready for the season ahead! Whether it’s for racing or purely to improve your skis/boards performance and longevity I can help you to a World Cup standard. Nibbles, freebies and treats will be provided. Time and venue details to be confirmed.
PLEDGE £50.00 OR MORE 2 backers so far For those who pledge £50 you will get a days riding with myself from the Team GB base in Morzine and the surrounding Portes Du Soleil ski area in France/Switzerland. The Portes Du Soleil region ski area is one of the world's largest including the resorts of Avoriaz, Les Gets, Chatel and Les Crosets. We can arrange to meet in Morzine or one of the PDS resorts and have a fun days riding. I can also show you around the mountain, provide racing/riding tips and even make a fun video of the day. This is available for individuals, groups and businesses.
PLEDGE £100.00 OR MORE 0 backers so far For those who pledge £100 I have two GB Team Ski Trousers. The first pair are North Face GB Team Trousers I wore at the World University Games in Erzurum Turkey from 2011. Like new and size medium (men). The second pair will be my Trespass GB Team Trousers I will wear at the World University Games in Trentino you will be supporting me at. Also size medium (Men).
PLEDGE £150.00 OR MORE 2 backers so far For those who pledge £150 I have two GB Team Ski Jackets. The first is a brand new and never worn North Face GB Team Jacket from the World University Games in Erzurum Turkey from 2011 like the one worn in my video. Size medium (Men). The second will be my Trespass GB Team Jacket I will wear at the World University Games in Trentino you will be supporting me at. Also size medium (Men).
PLEDGE £250.00 OR MORE 0 backers so far For business owners and representatives of companies I will tailor a motivational speech for your company's employees or clients. I will speak of the challenges I faced to get to where I am and the important lessons I have learnt. My speeches and presentations have proven to be exciting, educational, positive and inspiring.
PLEDGE £500.00 OR MORE 0 backers so far For business owners and representatives of companies who pledge £500 I will acknowledge your company as a sponsorship partner. Your company will feature as a sponsor on my website and athlete social media pages. Your company's logo will also be placed on my snowboard and helmet, to help promote your company/brand from the various media exposure I gain as an athlete.
PLEDGE £830.00 OR MORE 0 backers so far For those who pledge £830 they will book a place on an action packed weeklong holiday riding with me and the chance to demo a huge range of next season's snowboard kit in Sauze d'Oulx Italy. DATES: 23rd-30th March 2014 ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights half board at 4* Grand Hotel La Torre - Includes use of spa and gym LIFT PASS: 6 day Milky Way ski area (7 resorts, 400km of piste, 5 snowparks) TRANSFERS: Included from Turin Airport BOARD DEMOS: Demo 2015 season snowboards and bindings, including Volkl, K2, Burton, Ride, Salomon, Bataleon and Slash. EXTRAS: Guiding and Tips from me, waxing and board maintenance tutorials, trip video and goodie bags from sponsors. SPACES: Limited Availability, open for individuals and groups. For more information and booking enquiries, please contact

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GB Snowboardcross Athlete from Norfolk. Current English, British Indoor & British University champion. Winter Olympic contender on the FIS World C... view profile