| Do you think that schools should make more
of an effort to embrace alternative sports such as snowboarding?
Lesley: Absolutely. You know, I think that less and less
teenagers are getting into the more orthodox sports these days,
and I think thats really sad. So I think that its a
great thing to get them into sports like snowboarding and skateboarding,
because theyre interested in those sports because of the fashion
and music side, so they already have an interest because theyre
kind of cool. So, to then encourage them to actually participate,
I think is definitely the way forward, and theyre so receptive
to learning about the sport and they want to participate, purely
because they think its cool. So I think its a definite
Do you count this as training at all?
Lesley: You know, Ive come here today and Ive
already had a little bounce on the trampoline and [laughs] so Ive
nearly learnt something new, so in a way, yeah. I think that for
me, and the position I hold within snowboarding, its really
important that I encourage other people to get involved. You know,
Ive got so far in the sport and Ive had so many good
experiences form the sport, that I really want other people to share
in those, and to be here gives me an opportunity to do that.
What have you learnt from the kids?
Lesley: Its always nice to see enthusiasm. Its
easy to take a sport like snowboarding or freestyle skiing and the
environment you do the sport in and take it for granted. But when
you see people who have never seen a lot of those sports watch the
film and hear about it, and you see the enthusiasm in them, it kind
of re-kindles your enthusiasm and thats one of the most important
things to have in a sport - that kind of enthusiasm and motivation.
So yeah, I think Ive gotten a lot from today already
When you snowboard in the off-season, do you think of it more
as training or just as riding?
Jenny: I wouldnt say that at all because in a way you
are always training, but Ive never seen it as a chore, and
thats why I enjoy the sport so much, because no-ones
going to make me get up and make me go snowboarding
- its what I want to do. And in the summers, its not
really training, because you can go out to glaciers in France and
Europe, where they have snow all year round, and sometimes its
a lot more fun because the weathers always sunny and youve
got the soft snow and all they have is a park built, so theyve
got jumps and a halfpipe and all the things that you love really.
And you can literally just snowboard in your T-shirt and things
like that. So its not like training. You have an off-season
where you have a break and rest your bones and your injuries though.
Lesley: I think that where I come from in snowboarding, like
the more competition side, you keep fit because you have to, to
stop yourself getting injured, but it doesnt really become
a chore because youre doing it for a reason, and you love
snowboarding so much that you dont mind - you dont mind
being in as good a shape as you can, and youre really motivated
to do dry land training so that you can go and snowboard. All snowboarders
are really passionate about their sport, and I think thats
quite a difference between snowboarders and other athletes who are
maybe passionate about winning, and they obviously like the sport
theyre in, but win or lose or whatever, were passionate
about just going snowboarding. And thats something really
Do you do any other sports like skateboarding or biking, for
Lesley: I mountain bike quite a lot, and I do lots of sports
to keep fit. I try and do as many different sports as possible,
but I dont compete in any other sports at the moment, although
Ive just been on the re-make of BBC Superstars, which was
pretty interesting - thatll be out in the summer, so youll
have to wait to find out how I did.
Do you enjoy competitions or are they more of
a way of pleasing your sponsors?
Lesley: To be honest, snowboard competitions are great fun.
You go into the competition in the same state as you would go into
any of your riding - youre there with all your friends and
youre pushing your own personal limits and they're pushing
theirs and its so exciting if one of your friends does something
amazing at a contest and it really motivates you to try your hardest.
Jenny: The competitions have quite a relaxed feel amongst
the competitors and everyone wants to do their best, but theres
not like this evil rivalry or anything. Everyone cheers each other
on and has a good time and at the end of the day, if you dont
do well in that particular comp, its not the end of the world
and youve got a lot of other things going on. And a lot of
the comps are in a jam format, so its who comes across best
through the whole day.
Lesley: I think its a really modern way of looking
at competition in sport, because its a way of pushing the
whole field to do the best that they can, and if somebody within
the field is having a bad day, they still get a lot out of other
peoples riding, and, for sure, the next day they might be
the one that has the good day. So I think its a really friendly
way of competing.