My name is Kyle Wise and I'm a GB Snowboardcross Athlete. 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 I've been selected to represent Great Britain and Heriot-Watt University at the World University Games in Trentino, Italy from the 10th-12th of December. 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: www.kylewise.co.uk
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: vimeo.com/user2852853
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kylewise1 @kylewise1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kylerstyle @kylerstyle