Frank McCusker, former CEO of the Ski Club of GB had a reputation in the ski industry as a tough-talking Glaswegian. But this does little credit to his charm and perseverance – he was also a good listener, a critical thinker and a charitable man who went above and beyond to support our work. From providing work placements for our apprentices at the Ski Club’s head office to promoting our work across the UK and the Alps, Frank opened up many new doors and championed the charity.
Pat Webster, former Trustee of Websters Charitable Trust, played a key role in our expansion into Scotland. Pat was known across many third sector organisations in Scotland for her willingness to raise funds and to actively partake in as many volunteering opportunities as she could. She always took enormous personal interest in the individual stories of the young people involved with Snow Camp and through the Trust she has had a huge impact on hundreds of young people from across Scotland.
To honour Frank and Pat’s incredible support we set up two new Youth Forum awards in their name. The Frank McCusker Award for Outstanding Attitude and Achievement and The Pat Webster Award for Outstanding Personal Development.
The Frank McCusker Award for Outstanding Attitude and Achievement is a highly coveted national award that is open to all young people who have gone above and beyond to support their peers while showing dedication and commitment to Snow Camp’s courses. Programme Managers nominate one young person from their region with our Programme Director choosing the overall winner.
The Pat Webster Award for Outstanding Personal Development is a prestigious award given to one Snow Camp Scotland young person. The award takes into consideration how the young person has developed, not only as a skier or snowboarder, but in all areas of their life. It celebrates the achievements of a young person that has taken every opportunity given to them, who is constantly trying to better themselves and has taken great leaps in their personal development over the year.
This year we are pleased to announce that Kym Scobie from Snow Camp Scotland received both awards!
Kym said: “I’m so happy! I didn’t expect to win! I’m very proud of myself and to think a little over a year ago I was just joining Snow Camp. If you had said to me then that I’d win these awards, I would never have believed you but I’m so proud at how far I’ve come. Thank you!”
Since completing our courses, Kym has joined our staff team as an apprentice in Scotland where she is supporting our Programme Manager, gaining work experience at Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Centre and working towards and SVQ in Sports Coaching.
Scotland Programme Manager, Laura McIntyre said: ”I’m so proud of everything Kym has achieved on her Snow Camp journey so far. She has gone from being shy and unsure of herself to confident, determined and an inspiration to those around her!”
Kym is an incredible young woman and she has a very exciting future ahead of her. We know that both Pat and Frank would agree with us in saying she is very deserving of the two accolades. We could not be prouder of all Kym’s achievements so far and we look forward to seeing her grow and develop through her apprenticeship with us.