Lesley McKenna and Jenny Jones
are two of Britain's top snowboarders. They've both won a slew
of titles and are currently helping out on the AIM Series tour
which recently visited a couple of schools in Edinburgh. Here's
what they had to say:
How long have you been on the road?
Jenny: Ive been out for about a week and then Lesleys
just joined for today, I think.
Lesley: Im just passing through - Im on my
way to France. I was in the area though, so I thought Id
come and show face and give support.
Has anything amusing happened yet?
Jenny: Weve had quite enthusiastic kids . We have
three of the kids who get dressed up in the snowboard gear and
they do a bit of a modelling show and show off the gear and stuff
like that, which is quite funny. And then weve had them
trampolining, where they put the snowboard on and they trampoline
with the snowboard on, which is quite good, but weve had
a few slip-ups on that though [laughs].
Does trampolining help a lot with snowboarding?
Jenny: It helps with spatial awareness and things like
that - so learning what it feels like to go upside down and spinning
and things like that. So, if you started off with maybe trampolining
or gymnastics, it can really help.
Lesley: It can really help with your confidence as well
- if youre confident with being in the air, then youre
going to be a lot more confident when youre on the snowboard
in the air.
How have the kids been?
Jenny: Theyve been really positive actually. There
have been lots of questions about how to get into it, and where
to go and stuff like that and does it hurt when you fall
over and whats the gear like and how
much does it cost. So its nice to know that theyre
interested in it - its just something other than your regular
sports, which get promoted a lot more on TV and things and its
a good way to show people that theres other stuff out there.
Lesley: I was surprised as well at how little of them had
actually seen any snowboarding on the television, because theres
a lot of it on there. I think that some of them just arent
up in the middle of the night or early in the morning when most
of its on. So they were really stoked to see the little
snowboarding film that were showing.
Jenny: Seeing how skiing has come on as well, which has
a very similar style now with the clothing and the new skis -
its taken on the same sort of aspects as snowboarding really,
like with the skate background with baggy pants and all that kind
of thing. So skiing seems to be catching up now, so theres
more of an equal balance.
Is it weird teaching them about snowboarding
in the middle of summer?
Jenny: Yeah, it was quite funny yesterday [laughs] when
it was boiling hot weather and they had to put on this woolly
hat and goggles and it was a bit bizarre and they were sweating,
but you know, its all fun. Its the best time to tell
them about it, though, because it all leads up to the AIM Series
events that they have, like the competitions and stuff that they
can come along for on the dry slopes which are later on in the
Lesley: They really run throughout the whole summer. So
the first ones on the 5th and 6th of July and they run right
through the Summer and Autumn and finish in March with the British
Jenny: So it shows that its not just a winter sport,
and that you can do it on the dry slope and do it all year round.